THE CORN MARKET AND ECONOMIC CHANGE: OXFORD IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
Author: Thwaites, W.
Source: Midland History, Volume 16, 1991 , pp. 103-125(23)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The aim of this paper is to examine changes within an individual corn market, Oxford, against the background of national developments in the marketing of corn. Three essential threads will be discussed. The first is the role of local traditions in shaping and sometimes restraining the response of a given locality to the developing national free market for corn. The second is the widespread organizational and structural change in the market which enabled advantage to be taken of the new and more sophisticated marketing options. The third is the role of regulation in helping to maintain a local marketing ideal in periods of dearth. Regulation will be seen to have given expression to anxieties within the community that being part of a wider national market was not always in their best interest. Here Oxford needs to be viewed as a consumption centre within an essentially rural, agricultural county. The field is therefore widened to show Oxford within its county as well as within the country.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1991