Agriculture across the world

This gallery focuses on looking at how agriculture shares a lot of similarities across different regions and cultures. A lot of people are familiar with the agricultural history of the United States and the strides we made as a country early on in the 18th and 19th centuries, but those same people probably don't know that we weren't the first or the only country to go through the same period of invention and innovation. Here we take a look at other countries' periods of advancement in the realm of farming and agriculture and how they are similar in a lot of facets. 

America doesn't have an exact Agricultural Revolution of its own, but it did have a time of agricultural advancement that took place in 1860 just prior to the Civil War. Farm lands doubled in size; new inventions were made to harvest crops more efficiently; and farm owners profited. The key to this picture, even though it was taken slightly before the initial start of the Civil War, is the main house and how it now had three stories instead of the tradition one story.
France saw its Agricultural Revolution occur in 1789 in coincidence with the French Revolution. The rise in agriculture lasted nearly a whole century and saw a rise in farmers' income which can also be attributed to some of the lower class gaining political power. As the end of the 19th century rolled around people started to flee the rural areas for a more urban life. It is depicted perfectly in this painting by Armand Guillaumin MuMa. The once coveted rural land of France is now barren and covered with the winter snow, but in some aspects the land is now at peace.
Great Britain saw their Agricultural Revolution occur in the mid 18th century much like the French. And also like America and France, Britain experienced a time of innovation and invention. A huge technique that was introduced was the use of deep trenches for draining to avoid the water logging of crops that had plagued the people of England for some many years.
The Qing Dynasty held power in China from the mid 17th century to the early 20th century. This piece of work was made to depict the hardships that the people of China endured when it came to agriculture. The aforementioned countries all went through the same thing as China, but the only difference is that those countries had an agricultural revolution of some sort which included innovations and inventions. China was a little bit behind the curve and the people suffered under much harsher conditions for a much longer time than most countries.
This painting here depicts the Seville Fair in Seville, Spain. While the Seville fair was an initiative to promote the new urban life of Spain it really promoted the rural and agricultural life as well. It was a way for the people to bring their livestock and crops to show off to the public. Rural life didn't allow that since everyone was so spread out.
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