20th Century Agricultural Economy and Politics
Additional course evaluations for LB0114
Academic year 2022/2023
2023-03-22 - 2023-06-04
Academic year 2021/2022
2022-03-24 - 2022-06-05
Academic year 2020/2021
2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06
Syllabus and other information
LB0114 20th Century Agricultural Economy and Politics, 7.5 Credits1900-talets jordbruksekonomi och politik
Education cycleMaster’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Master’s level (A1N)
The grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Prior knowledge120 credits, basic level. Knowledge equivalent to English 6 (Swedish educational system).
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?
Upon completion of the course, the student shall be able to:
account for and analyse the main features of 20th c. international agricultural economy and politics with emphasis on major changes.
account for and analyse the main features of 20th c. Swedish agricultural economy and politics with emphasis on major changes.
discuss and analyse impact of the agricultural sector on the 20th c. social and economic development.
The course includes lectures, written tasks, seminars and written examination.
The course includes:
Examples on 20th c. theories in agricultural economics
20th c international agriculture20th c Swedish agriculture: structures, production, technologies and labour
The European ’green revolution’
Regulation and deregulation of Swedish agriculture
Agriculture and the welfare state
Agriculture and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union
Grading formThe grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
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Department of Urban and Rural Development
Course literature, LB0114, spring 2023.
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)