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  • Gras, Norman. A history of agriculture in Europe and America, (1925). online edition
  • Ludden, David E. An Agrarian History of South Asia. (1999). 261 pp.
  • Mazoyer, Marcel, and Laurence Roudart. A History of World Agriculture: From the Neolithic Age to the Current Crisis (2006)


  • Greenfield, H.J. "The origins of milk and wool production in the old world", Current Anthropology (1988), 29, 573-93.

To 1800

  • Ambrosoli, Mauro. The Wild and the Sown: Botany and Agriculture in Western Europe, 1350-1850. (1997). 460 pp.
  • Bidwell, Percy Wells. History of Agriculture in the Northern United States, 1620-1860 (1932)
  • Bowman, Alan K. and Rogan, Eugene, ed. Agriculture in Egypt: From Pharaonic to Modern Times. (1999). 427 pp.
  • Crummey, Donald and Stewart, C. C., ed. Modes of Production in Africa: The Precolonial Era. (1981). 256 pp.
  • Gras, Norman. A history of agriculture in Europe and America, (1925). online edition
  • Harvey, Nigel. The Industrial Archaeology of Farming in England and Wales. (1980). 232 pp.
  • Herr, Richard, ed. Themes in Rural History of the Western World. (1993). 277 pp.
  • Hoffman, Philip T. Growth in a Traditional Society: The French Countryside, 1450-1815. (1996). 361 pp.
  • Isager, Signe and Jens Erik Skydsgaard. Ancient Greek Agriculture: An Introduction Routledge, 1995 online edition
  • Kussmaul, Ann. A General View of the Rural Economy of England, 1538-1840. (1990). 216 pp.
  • Langdon, John. Horses, Oxen and Technological Innovation: The Use of Draught Animals in English Farming from 1066 to 1500. (1986). 331 pp.
  • Ludden, David. The New Cambridge History of India. Vol. 4, part 4, An Agrarian History of South Asia. (1999). 261 pp.
  • Russell, Nicholas. Like Engend'ring Like: Heredity and Animal Breeding in Early Modern England. (1986). 271 pp.
  • John T Schlebecker. Whereby we thrive: A history of American farming, 1607-1972 (1972)
  • Thirsk, Joan. Alternative Agriculture, a History: From the Black Death to the Present Day. (1997). 365 pp.
  • Thirsk, Joan, ed. The Agrarian History of England and Wales, Vol. 5, Part 1: Regional Farming Systems. (1985). 480 pp. The Agrarian History of England and Wales, Vol. 5, Part 2: Agrarian Change. 1985. 952 pp.

Since 1800

  • Arntzen, Charles J. ed. Encyclopedia of Agricultural Science, (1994) 4 vol, 2300pp. 210 articles by experts on animal, plant, range, and soil science; food processing, storage, and distribution; agricultural education and policy; agricultural engineering; biotechnology; pest management; rural sociology; and water resources.
  • Brown, Jonathan. Agriculture in England. A Survey of Farming, 1870-1947. (1987). 160 pp.
  • Cochrane, Willard W. The Development of American Agriculture: A Historical Analysis (1993)
  • Clout, Hugh. Agriculture in France on the Eve of the Railway Age. (1980). 239 pp.
  • Collins, E. J. T., ed. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Vol. 7: 1850-1914. (2000). 2277 pp.
  • Cotter, Joseph. Troubled Harvest: Agronomy and Revolution in Mexico, 1880-2002. (2003). 393 pp.
  • Federico, Giovanni. Feeding the World: An Economic History of World Agriculture, 1800-2000. (2005). 388 pp.
  • Gras, Norman. A history of agriculture in Europe and America, (1925). online edition
  • Held, Joseph, ed. The Modernization of Agriculture: Rural Transformation in Hungary, 1848-1975. East European Monographs, 1980. 508 pp.
  • Hurt, R. Douglas. American Agriculture: A Brief History (2002)
  • Kaufmann, Kyle D., ed. New Frontiers in Agricultural History: Advances in Agricultural Economic History. (2000). 252 pp.
  • Kerans, David. Mind and Labor on the Farm in Black-Earth Russia, 1861-1914. (2001). 491 pp.
  • McCann, James C. People of the Plow: An Agricultural History of Ethiopia, 1800-1990. (1995). 298 pp.
  • Martin, John. The Development of Modern Agriculture: British Farming since 1931. (2000). 236 pp.
  • Medvedev, Zhores A. Soviet Agriculture. (1987). 480 pp. online edition
  • Mundlak, Yair. "Economic Growth: Lessons from Two Centuries of American Agriculture." Journal of Economic Literature 2005 43(4): 989-1024. Issn: 0022-0515 Fulltext: in Ebsco
  • Reader, John. Propitious Esculent: The Potato in World History (2008), 315pp the standard scholarly history
  • Russell, Stephen J. Agriculture, Prosperity, and the Modernization of French Rural Communities, 1870-1914: Views from the Village. (2004). 228 pp.
  • Salaman, Redcliffe. The History and Social Influence of the Potato (1949)
  • Simpson, James. Spanish Agriculture: The Long Siesta, 1765-1965. (1995). 316 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Smith, C. Wayne. Crop Production: Evolution, History, and Technology (1995)
  • Smith, C. Wayne, and J. Tom Cothren. Cotton: Origin, History, Technology, and Production (1999) excerpt and text search
  • Smith, C. Wayne, and Robert H. Dilday, Rice: Origin, History, Technology, and Production (2002) excerpt and text search
  • Smith, C. Wayne, et al. Corn: Origin, History, Technology, and Production (2004)
  • Wade, William Windsor. Institutional Determinants of Technical Change and Agricultural Productivity Growth: Denmark, France and Great Britain, 1870-1965. (1981). 353 pp.
  • Zuckerman, Larry. The Potato: How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World. (1998). 304 pp.