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The term plow denotes a steerable agricultural implement, drawn by a person, a draft animal, or a machine, which turns the soil, creates a furrow, and is used to till the acreage of annual or perennial crops (see Tillage; Agricultural technology). A broader definition includes hooks (Haken[9].

In Europe, since the high Middle Ages at the latest, the conventional plow – which turns the soil to one side – was preferred to the hook plow, especially in heavy soils [5]; in the cleared areas of uplands with lynchets, it was facilitated by field systems that comprised (long) strip fields (Cad…

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Becker, Siegfried, “Plow”, 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 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_025491>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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