Professor Eric Jones publishes latest book
Exeter alumnus Professor Eric Jones (1958, Economics) has published his latest book on economic history, Landscape History and Rural Society in Southern England: An Economic and Environmental Perspective.
Professor Jones’ book applies an economic and environmental view to the history of landscape and rural economy, analysing a wide range of evidence in southern England, ranging from the reconstruction of parkland to the manufacturing of gunstocks for the African slave trade. Additionally, the book highlights the tensions between ecology and institutions in choices about the location of economic activity, as well as the decay in communal farming. It is designed to appeal to a diverse audience in its examination of the relationship between economic change and southern English landscapes.
Professor Jones has taught at universities across the world, including Northwestern University, La Trobe University and Melbourne Business School, as well as at the Universities of Reading, Oxford and Manchester. This book is the latest in his series on economic history for Palgrave Macmillan, including Landed Estates and Rural Inequality in English History in 2018 and Barriers to Growth: English Economic Development from the Norman Conquest to Industrialisation in 2020.