enclosure of land


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enclosure of land:

see inclosureinclosure
or enclosure,
in British history, the process of inclosing (with fences, ditches, hedges, or other barriers) land formerly subject to common rights. Such land included fields cultivated by the open-field or strip system, wasteland, and the common pasture land.
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The most famous objection to the enclosure of land in the sixteenth century is voiced by Thomas More in Book I of Utopia.
In other words, if the enclosure of land did not, in however mediated and indirect a way, "produce" the various "superstructural" developments which are attended to here with such impressive care, then what really justifies the juxtaposition of otherwise incommensurate materials?
There was great prosperity around 1400 with the growth of the wool trade and again with the enclosure of lands.