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20th Century Agricultural Economy and Politics

In this course you will learn about major characteristics of the 20th century Swedish and international agricultural economy and politics – what has changed, how and why?

Course evaluation

Additional course evaluations for LB0114

Academic year 2022/2023

20th Century Agricultural Economy and Politics (LB0114-40067)

2023-03-22 - 2023-06-04

Academic year 2021/2022

20th Century Agricultural Economy and Politics (LB0114-40117)

2022-03-24 - 2022-06-05

Academic year 2020/2021

20th Century Agricultural Economy and Politics (LB0114-40101)

2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Course literature, LB0114, spring 2023.

Book chapters:

Martiin, C., Pan-Montojo, J., Brassley, P. (2016) Agriculture in Capitalist Europe. From food shortages to food surpluses. Routledge. (At the SLU library and as e-book, SLU library.)

  • Chapter 1: Brassley, P. & Martiin, C. & Pan Montojo, J., ‘European agriculture 1945-1960: an introduction’, pp. 1-20.
  • Chapter 2: Pan-Montojo, J. (2016) ‘International institutions and European agriculture: From the IIA to the FAO’
  • Chapter 4: Gonzalez Esteban, A. L., Pinilla, V. & Serrano, R. ‘International agricultural markets after the war, 1945-60’
  • Chapter 7: Christiansen, T. ‘From food surplus to even more food surplus: agrarian politics and prices in Denmark, 1945-1962’
  • Chapter 8: Auderset, J & Moser, P. ‘Mechanisation and motorisation: natural resources, knowledge, politics and technology in 19th- and 20th-century agriculture’
  • Chapter 9: Lanero, D. & Fernandez-Prieto, L. ‘Technology policies in dictatorial contexts: Spain and Portugal’
  • Chapter 14: Brassley, P, Martiin,. C. & Pan-Montoja, J. ‘ Similar means to secure postwar food supplies across Western Europe’


Antonson, H. & U. Jansson (2011), ‘Introduction’, in Antonson & Jansson (eds.), Agriculture and Forestry in Sweden since 1900. Stockholm: Royal Academy of Forestry and Agriculture, (pp. 25-52). (Via the course leader.)

Atkins, P. J. (2005) “Fattening children or fattening farmers? School milk in Britain, 1921-1941”, Economic History Review, LVIII, 1, pp. 57-78.

Bengtsson, T. & Ohlsson, R. (1994), ‘The Demographic Transition Revisited’, in Bengtsson, T. (ed.) Population, Economy, and Welfare in Sweden, Springer Verlag: Berlin. (via the course leader)

Borlaug, N. (1970). ‘The Green Revolution, Peace and Humanity’, Nobel lecture (Download)

Collantes, F. (2019) “Why did the industrial diet triumph? The massification of dairy consumption in Spain, 1965-90”, The Economic History Review, vol. 72, issue 3, pp. 953-978 (Download)

Cleaver, Harry M. (1972) “The Contradictions of the Green Revolution”, The American Economic Review, Vo. 62, No ½, pp. 177-186. (Download.)

Daugbjerg, C. & Swinbank, A. (2007) ‘The politics of CAP reform: Trade negotiations, institutional settings and blame avoidance’, in Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 45 (1), 2007, pp. 1-22. (Download.)

Dovring, Folke (1965) When Farmers Become Fewer. Illinois Agricultural Economics, Vol. 5, Nr 2, pp. 1-9. (Download.)

Flygare, I. (2011), ‘Swedish smallholdings: an enduring element of the countryside’, in Antonson & Jansson (eds.), Agriculture and Forestry in Sweden since 1900. Stockholm: Royal Academy of Forestry and Agriculture, (pp. 74-92). (Via the course leader.)

Foster, A. D. & Rosenzweig, M. R. (1996) “Technical change and human capital returns and investments: Evidence from the Green revolution”, The American Economic Review, vol. 86, No. 4, pp. 931-953 (Download)

Foster, A. D. & Rosenzweig, M. R. (2017) ‘Are there too many farms in the world? Labor-market transaction costs, machine capacities and optimal farm size’, NBER Working Paper Series, no 23909. (via course leader) Extensive reading

Grigg, David (1995) ‘The nutritional transition in Western Europe’, in Journal of Historical Geography, 22. 1 (1995) pp. 247-261. (Download.)

Heady, E. O et al (1965) Roots of the farm problem. Changing Technology, Changing Capital Use. Changing labour needs. Ames, Iowa: The Iowa State University Press. (via the course leader.)

Lains, P & Pinilla, V. (2009) ‘Introduction’, in Lains & Pinilla (eds.) Agriculture and Economic Development in Europe since 1870. London and New York: Routledge, p. 1-24 (via course leader)

Ludlow, P. (2005) ‘The Making of the CAP: Towards a Historical Analysis of the EU’s First Major Policy’, in Contemporary European History, Vol. 14, No 3, pp. 347-371. (Download)

Martiin, C. (2017) ’From farmer to dairy farmer: Swedish dairy farming from the late 1920s to 1990’. Historia Agraria no 73, December 2017, pp. 7-34.

Mellor, J.F & Johnston, B.F. (1961) ‘The Role of Agriculture in Economic Development’, in The American Economic Review, Vol. 51, No. 4, 1961, pp. 566-593. (Download.)

Morell, M. (2011), ‘Farmland: ownership or leasehold, inheritance or purchase’, in Antonson & Jansson (eds.), Agriculture and Forestry in Sweden since 1900. Stockholm: Royal Academy of Forestry and Agriculture, (pp. 56-71). (Via the course leader.)

Palsson, C. (2021) ‘Small Farms, Large Transaction Costs: Haiti’s Missing Sugar’, Journal of Economic History, 81:2, pp. 513-548. (Download)

Rooth, T. (1985) ‘Trade Agreements and the Evolution of British Agricultural Policy in the 1930s’, in Agricultural History Review, Vol. 33, No. 2, 1985, pp. 173-190. (Download.)

Swinnen, Johan F. M. (2002) ‘Transition and integration in Europe: Implications for agricultural and food markets, policy, and trade agreements’, in The World Economy, Vol. 25, Issue 4, 2002, pp. 481-501. (Download.)

Van Zanden, J. L. (1991) “The first green revolution: the growth of production and productivity in European agriculture, 1870-1914”, The Economic History Review, XLIV:2, pp. 215-239.

Wrigley, E.A. (1988) ’The Limits to Growth: Malthus and the Classical Economists’ in Population and Development Review, Vol. 14, pp. 30-48. (Download)

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis (AFEPA) - Master's Programme Agricultural Economics and Management - Master's Programme Agriculture Programme - Economics and Management Agriculture Programme - Rural Development Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19030 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Agricultural Science
Course code: LB0114 Application code: SLU-40154 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 50%