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Paddock-system
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The paddock-system (paddock, a piece of fenced-in land) is a variant of ley farming with individual fenced fields. Several years of grain production are followed by several years of pasturage (Pastoral economy). The system developed around 1600 in eastern Holstein or southeastern Schleswig [1. 308, 368, 407–409]. The dominant land use system in most of Schleswig and Holstein had traditionally been ley farming: grain and other field crops were grown for several years, followed by several years of pasturage. In the late Middle Ages, besides the common cadastral area (see Villa…

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Porskrog Rasmussen, Carsten, “Paddock-system”, 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 28 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_022648>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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