Rural History: Insitutional – Economic – Social and Cultural Dimensions
The aims of this course include:
- Presentation of a basic view of significant aspects of the Greek and European agricultural history and the history of the agricultural science.
- The emergence of key issues related to rural economy, production and subsistence of rural populations, land relations and farming systems, employment relationships and the development of agricultural technology, tax systems and financial resources and tools, etc.
- The analysis will focus on the social organization and the living conditions of farmers over time, will examine issues of rural ideology, political representation of peasants and other social and cultural aspects of rural life.
- Generally, the main objective of this course is to familiarize students with the historical basis of rural issues and the emergence of comparative and interdisciplinary dimension phenomena usually studied in closely agronomical and national context.
A key element component of the course is to make students familiar with archival and bibliographic sources of rural history and review their reading through the Documentation Centre of the History of Greek Agriculture. Also, a key element of the course will be the preparation of group or small autonomous work and organizing thematic exhibitions, workshops and presentations at the Agricultural Museum.