From disaster to sustainability: Floods, changing property relations and water management in the south-western Netherlands, c. 1500-1800

P.J. van Cruijningen

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Insufficient maintenance was the main cause of flooding of a large part of the South-Western Netherlands in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Re-embankment resulted in changes in soil conditions and property relations. Church and peasants lost land and urban bourgeois became the most important landowners in the area. Contrary to their risk-averse predecessors, these capitalist landlords were prepared to invest in drainage. They were also able to organize state support for imperilled polders. Equally important was the role of tenant and yeomen farmers, who maintained soil fertility and continued to invest in maintenance of the flood defences.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)241
Aantal pagina's265
TijdschriftContinuity and Change
Volume29
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
DOI's
StatusGepubliceerd - 2014

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