A History of Business in Medieval Europe, 1200-1550

A History of Business in Medieval Europe, 1200-1550

by Edwin S. Hunt, James Murray, James M. Murray
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521495814

ISBN-13: 9780521495813

Pub. Date: 12/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A History of Business in Medieval Europe, 1200-1550, demolishes the widely held view that the phrase "medieval business" is an oxymoron. The authors review the entire range of business in medieval western Europe, probing its Roman and Christian heritage to discover the economic and political forces that shaped the organization of agriculture, manufacturing,…  See more details below

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A History of Business in Medieval Europe, 1200-1550, demolishes the widely held view that the phrase "medieval business" is an oxymoron. The authors review the entire range of business in medieval western Europe, probing its Roman and Christian heritage to discover the economic and political forces that shaped the organization of agriculture, manufacturing, construction, mining, transportation, and marketing. Then they deal with the responses of businessmen to the devastating plagues, famines, and warfare that beset Europe in the late Middle Ages. The remarkable success in coping with this hostile new environment was "a harvest of adversity" that prepared the way for the economic expansion of the sixteenth century. Two main themes run through the book. First, the force and direction of business development in this period stemmed primarily from the demands of the elite. Second, the lasting legacy of medieval businessmen was less their skillful adaptations of imported inventions than their brilliant innovations in business organization.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521495813
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Series:
Medieval Textbooks Series
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction1
Pt. IBefore the Black Death: progress and problems
1Economics, culture, and geography of early medieval trade11
2Tools of trade: business organization31
3Traders and their tools52
4The politics of business75
5Business gets bigger: the super-company phenomenon99
Pt. IIBusiness in the late Middle Ages: a harvest of adversity
6The new business environment of the Middle Ages132
7Business responses to the new environment151
8The fifteenth century: revolutionary results from old processes178
9Sources of capital in the late Middle Ages204
10A new age for business226
Conclusions246
Notes250
Further reading260
Index269

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