Britain and Ireland 1050-1530: Economy and Society (Economic and Social History of Britain)

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This book analyzes the economic and social development of Britain and Ireland between 1050 and 1530. It compares economic institutions, the structure of production and rates of economic development and is richly supplied with up-to-date evidence. After considering the principal geographical, cultural and political constraints on economic development, the book examines in detail the development of towns and trade, settlement patterns, agriculture and relations between lords and tenures. The book is structured so that it can be used on both short courses and longer ones, with the material divided at 1300 in order to facilitate its adaptation for different study needs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198731450
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Series: Economic and Social History of Britain Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 578
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Britnell is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Durham. He has written extensively on this period of British history.

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Table of Contents

1 Material resources and economic constraints 7
2 Culture and economic constraints 32
3 Power and economic constraints 50
4 Contours of development 71
5 Britain and Ireland in the later eleventh century 99
6 Merchants and their trade 118
7 Towns, industry, and local trade 138
8 Rural settlement and society 158
9 Arabic husbandry 185
10 Pasture husbandry 205
11 Lords and tenants 223
12 Government 248
13 Procedural routines and the uses of literacy 266
14 Stability and crisis 286
15 Britain and Ireland in the early fourteenth century 305
16 Merchants and their trade 320
17 Towns, industry, and local trade 347
18 Rural settlement and society 368
19 Arable husbandry 388
20 Pastoral husbandry 409
21 Lords and tenants 429
22 Government 451
23 Procedural routines and the uses of literacy 473
24 Stability and crisis 491
25 Britain and Ireland in the early sixteenth century 509
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