Rural History 2015

Panel 17

Organizers: Béaur, Gérard (1); Congost, Rosa (2); Olsson, Mats (3); Pfister, Ulrich (4); Santos, Rui (5); Svensson, Patrick (3); Van Molle, Leen (6)

Affiliation: 1: CNRS/EHESS, CRH & CRICEC, France; 2: University of Girona, Spain; 3: University of Lund, Sweden; 4: University of Münster, Germany; 5: FCSH, Nova University, Portugal; 6: KU Leuven, Belgium

Crises and Changes in the European Countryside: Challenges, Achievements and Doubts of the International Research Network CRICEC (2012-2015)

"The GDRI (International Research Network) established in 2012 is reaching the end of its four years programme. CRICEC (Crises and Changes in the European Countryside) had the objective to focus in a comparative way on the phenomena of crises and to examine if they were generating changes or not and conversely if changes were or not generating crises in the countryside, given that these crises and changes might be economic, social, familial, ecological or even politic and have always been taken into account in a deliberately international framework according to the spirit of the project retained by the French CNRS. During these 4 years more than 20 meetings have been held but it is neither possible nor desirable to do a full review. The leaders of each team would participate to a round table that allows to display some of the major actions they have undertaken and thus would bring to the knowledge of the scientific community achievements they have made, challenges they face and doubts they raise.
Several topics might fuel a debate.
- the relationship assumed by J. Thirsk between the rise of ""alternative agriculture"" and the phenomena of crisis and recession.
- the role of governments in promoting change on agriculture
- the consequences of disasters on pre-modern economies in north-western Europe.
- the instruments and strategies that have been brought into action to overcome particular forms of (agricultural) crisis; the political means and knowledge networks
- the social change in history with the hypothesis that the 18th century was a period of middle class growth in some rural regions
- the main issues raised and points made about harvest fluctuations and food shortages."



Paper 1: Exploring social change in rural history. The Catalan example, 18th century.

Rosa Congost, University of Girona, Spain

Paper 2: Crises and globalization

Leen Van Molle, KU Leuven, Belgium

Paper 3: Government and agricultural change in a comparative perspective

Mats Olsson and Patrick Svensson, Lund University, Sweden

Paper 4: Markets, food shortage and demand failure

Ulrich Pfister, University of Münster, Germany

Paper 5: Harvest fluctuations and food shortages in European rural societies, 17th-20th centuries

Rui Santos, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal


Suggested deadline for sending completed papers 31 july 2015

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