Famine as Agricultural Catastrophe: The Crisis of 1622–4 in East Lancashire

  title={Famine as Agricultural Catastrophe: The Crisis of 1622–4 in East Lancashire},
  author={Richard W. Hoyle},
  journal={SRPN: Food Shortages \& Scarcity (Topic)},
  • R. Hoyle
  • Published 1 November 2010
  • Economics, History
  • SRPN: Food Shortages & Scarcity (Topic)
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