Agricultural revolution
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1. Terminological problem

“Agricultural revolution” is a research concept; the component “revolution” gives it the significance of a dynamically telic concept with its origins in the philosophy of history. The issue of selectively assigned significance (Bedeutungsvalenz), which has become more cogent in recent years, forces researchers on the one hand to define more precisely the goal they have in mind, and on the othe…

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Konersmann, Frank, “Agricultural revolution”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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