Försörjningens resiliens - de agrara hushållen mellan samhälle och natur 1750-1900
Tidsperiod: 2012-01-01 till 2014-12-31
Projektledare: Maths Isacson
Medarbetare: Iréne Flygare, Mats Morell, Tommy Lennartsson, Anna Westin
Budget: 6 687 000 SEK
The agrarian and industrial revolutions in Western Europe since the late 18th century until around 1900 have been favourite topics for economic and social historians. More rarely has it been asked how the development of agriculture in this period affected, and was affected by the locally produced eco system services, e.g. production of biomass. This interdisciplinary project focus on the household level and the aim is to study the interface between land, humans and society during a period of radical change. How did agrarian households act to guarantee their economic, social and cultural reproduction, and which social and ecological conditions explain the actions of the households? The project studies the actions of the households as reflected in the light of changes on national and regional levels and in the light of the resilience of the subsistence system to social, economic and ecological changes. With support from theories derived from resilience research and social-historic research, and using micro-historical method, data derived from a number of historical sources (diaries, letters, maps, travel books etc.) are combined with ecological field data. Two localities (hundreds) in central Sweden, with distinctly different ecological and socio-economic conditions are studied in a close collaboration between researchers specialised in ecology, agrarian history, economic and social history. The results will be published in collectively authored scientific articles.