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Historical Urban Agriculture: Food Production and Access to Land in Swedish Towns before 1900
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This doctoral thesis analyses the role of historical urban agriculture in a long-time perspective, through a combination of overarching surveys of Swedish towns and detailed studies of one town – Uppsala in east-central Sweden. The study shows how agricultural land – town land – of various sizes was donated to towns repeatedly during medieval times and in the 16th and 17th centuries. The study examines urban food production at three points in time, and concludes that grain production and, later, potato production as well was substantial in many towns, indicating high levels of urban self-sufficiency. This allows new perspectives concerning the interpretation of urban food provision, as urban dependency on countryside food production might have varied considerably between towns. In addition, the study shows how urban agriculture was connected to social welfare systems, in particular aiming at supporting urban widows. The results in this thesis provide an historical context to the increasing discussions about present-day urban agriculture globally, and identify a number of factors that may create or counteract opportunities for urban agriculture.  

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Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2010. , 300 p.
Stockholm studies in human geography, ISSN 0349-7003 ; 20
Keyword [en]
urban agriculture, urban history, urban geography, Sweden, town, food production, food consumption, Uppsala, historical geography, land allocation, cadastral maps, urban land-use
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42578ISBN: 978-91-86071-48-6OAI: diva2:349838
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2010-10-15, De Geersalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 14, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2010-09-23 Created: 2010-09-08 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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