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Robert Cole’s World

Agriculture and Society in Early Maryland

Lois Green Carr, Russell R. Menard, and Lorena S. Walsh

Paper: 978-0-8078-4341-3 ($39.95)

Copyright 1991
University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  • Maryland Historical Society Book Prize (1993)
  • Alice Hanson Jones Biennial Prize, Economic History Association (1994)


Robert Cole’s World is a stunning achievement that establishes, once and for all, the nature of Chesapeake economy and society on the eve of its transformation to a stratified, slave-based society. . . . It is an indispensable guide through the dark ages of Chesapeake history.

--Carville Earle

Robert Cole’s World, simply put, is the finest book ever written on agriculture in seventeenth-century America. . . . The early social development of the Chesapeake region is captured as never before. Whether one is interested in farm-building or in community elaboration, in family life or in class formation, one will want to turn to Robert Cole’s World.

--Peter A. Coclanis