The Byzantine Economy

The Byzantine Economy

by Angeliki E. Laiou, Cecile Morrisson
     
 

ISBN-10: 052161502X

ISBN-13: 9780521615020

Pub. Date: 08/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is a concise survey of the economy of the Byzantine Empire from the fourth century AD to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Organised chronologically, the book addresses key themes such as demography, agriculture, manufacturing and the urban economy, trade, monetary developments, and the role of the state and ideology. It provides a comprehensive overview of the…  See more details below

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This is a concise survey of the economy of the Byzantine Empire from the fourth century AD to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Organised chronologically, the book addresses key themes such as demography, agriculture, manufacturing and the urban economy, trade, monetary developments, and the role of the state and ideology. It provides a comprehensive overview of the economy with an emphasis on the economic actions of the state and the productive role of the city and non-economic actors, such as landlords, artisans and money-changers. The final chapter compares the Byzantine economy with the economies of western Europe and concludes that the Byzantine economy was one of the most successful examples of a mixed economy in the pre-industrial world. This is the only concise general history of the Byzantine economy and will be essential reading for students of economic history, Byzantine history and medieval history more generally.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521615020
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2007
Series:
Cambridge Medieval Textbooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,432,703
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Natural and human resources; 2. The late antique economy and the shift to medieval structures (sixth to early eighth centuries); 3. Restructuring, recovery and controlled expansion (early eighth to tenth centuries); 4. The age of accelerated growth (eleventh to twelfth centuries); 5. Small-state economics (from sometime in the thirteenth century to the fifteenth century); 6. The Byzantine economy as exemplar; the Byzantine and the western medieval economies.

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