Agrarian capitalism
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The term “agrarian capitalism”, like agricultural revolution, may be ascribed to Karl Marx. In his book Capital, he characterizes the class of tenant farmers that arose in England in the 15th and 16th centuries (Lease) as “agrarian capitalists”, and agricultural bookkeeping as a distinguishing feature of “capitalist agriculture” [1. 135 ff.]; it is also in this context that he turns his attention to the “genesis of capitalist ground rent”. Marx related the concept of agrarian capitalism both to a system of agricultural management oriented towa…

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Konersmann, Frank, “Agrarian capitalism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 23 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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