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Rational investment behaviour on manorial estates – Grain storage in the Rhineland area and Westphalia (18th & 19th century)

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The investment in the storage of grain stocks was done for numerous reasons involving both commercial as well as non-commercial motives. The ledgers of three manorial estates located in the Rhineland area and Westphalia in the 18th and 19th century document seasonal sales behaviour and the volume of carry-over stocks. In combination with grain prices of nearby urban markets and using the correspondence between the landlord and his administrator, this paper will investigate the nature of manorial management, looking at how much ‘rational’ investment there was compared to. paternalistic exchange with dependents.

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