Urban farming, a showcase of modernity

Florent Quellier takes an historian’s look at the place of urban farming in society in Paris under the Ancien Régime and the way it was perceived by contemporaries.

From the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, urban farming was noticeably different from rural farming. City-dwellers perceived agricultural production areas in the city as showcases of modernity and social values under the Ancien Régime, and not as a mark of rurality within cities.