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On DemandWriting for the Market in Early Modern England$
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David Baker

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804738569

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804738569.001.0001

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Coda: Butter Buyers

Coda: Butter Buyers

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On Demand
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DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804738569.003.0006

This chapter considers William Harrison's Description, where he complains that middlemen are ruining local economies all over England, and suggests that Harrison is not simply the retrograde clergyman he appears, nor as inattentive as he seems. It is rather that he does not quite know what he knows, or does not know how to express what he knows, about demand. His Description implies a gathering tendency of behaviors, desires, and thought that has yet to find a fully articulated rationale, and which must co-exist, perforce, with a very powerful strain of entrenched opinion.

Keywords:   William Harrison, Description, middlemen, English economy, local economy, demand

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