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Collective organisation of knowledge in the early phase of the Dutch- Friesian dairy industry (c. 1880-1914)

Marijn Molema
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Marijn Molema: Dutch-Flemish Research School for Economic and Social History

Historia Agraria. Revista de Agricultura e Historia Rural, 2017, issue 73, 91-118

Abstract: During the last quarter of the nineteenth century, science and technology opened up new avenues for dairy farmers. Improved techniques for measuring the percentage of fat content in milk and new mechanical production processes had a considerable influence on the dairy production system. However, knowledge was essential to make the most of these opportunities. Historians have offered diverse explanations for the implementation of a knowledge infrastructure within pre-existing dairy networks. Some studies have emphasized the role of individual actors, while others focused on the influence of cooperative structures. This article contributes to the latter and adds a geographical dimension to the organizational history of dairy knowledge. Based on research in archives and newspapers, it investigates two knowledge institutions in the Dutch province of Friesland: a dairy consultancy and a dairy school, both founded in 1889. The conclusion is that the implementation of knowledge institutions was encouraged by the interplay between regional initiatives and national economic policies.

Keywords: dairy chain; knowledge networks; agricultural history; the Netherlands (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N43 N53 N93 O43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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