PARLIAMENTARY ENCLOSURE, PROPERTY, POPULATION, AND THE DECLINE OF CLASSICAL REPUBLICANISM IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRITAIN*

@article{Thompson2008PARLIAMENTARYEP,
  title={PARLIAMENTARY ENCLOSURE, PROPERTY, POPULATION, AND THE DECLINE OF CLASSICAL REPUBLICANISM IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRITAIN*},
  author={Stephen J. Thompson},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  year={2008},
  volume={51},
  pages={621 - 642}
}
  • S. Thompson
  • Published 1 September 2008
  • History, Economics
  • The Historical Journal
ABSTRACT The pamphlet debate concerning the perceived effects of parliamentary enclosure on property and population in eighteenth-century Britain has been largely neglected by intellectual historians. One consequence of this debate was to undermine the credibility of the classical republican economic vision of agrarian simplicity, due to its proponents' failure to come to terms with the enormous disjunction between ancient and modern economies. Although the enclosure of agricultural land had… 
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