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Meadow cultivation
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1. Development and use

Before the transition to agriculture, large parts of Europe were covered in forest. Only during the Neolithic period did open grassland areas emerge as a result of human activity, initially in places where intensive grazing had thinned woodland (Woodland pasture), later also in river valleys, where persistently soggy ground hampered field cultivation. The use of these areas as meadows in the strict sense, ho…

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Troßbach, Werner, “Meadow cultivation”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 27 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030371>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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