Class Conflict And The Crisis Of Feudalism

Class Conflict And The Crisis Of Feudalism

by Rodney Hilton, R. H. Hilton
     
 

Some of the liveliest and most fruitful debates in recent historical writing have been about the transition from feudalism to capitalism. Rodney Hilton’s vast and distinguished body of work on medieval society has been a major reference point in these debates. Throughout his work the dominant theme has been his argument that the “prime mover” in the…  See more details below

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Some of the liveliest and most fruitful debates in recent historical writing have been about the transition from feudalism to capitalism. Rodney Hilton’s vast and distinguished body of work on medieval society has been a major reference point in these debates. Throughout his work the dominant theme has been his argument that the “prime mover” in the development of medieval society was the conflict between landlords and peasants over the appropriation of the peasants’ surplus product. This is the class conflict which gives the present volume its title.

This wide-ranging collection, updated to include some of Hilton’s most recent writings, explores not only the peasant economy and peasant movements but also the nature of towns and their principal classes. Essays include a fascinating study of women traders in medieval England, and an account of medieval tax revolts—all informed by his lucid, undogmatic attention to broad theoretical issues as well as to empirical detail. This is a book not only for historians, but for anyone interested in the evolution of capitalism or the larger questions of historical process and social change.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Provides both Professor Hilton’s admirers and his critics—and which of his critics is not also an admirer?—with a better opportunity than ever before to appreciate precisely how substantial and sustained his achievement has been.”—R.B. Dobson, Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780860919988
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Edition description:
Rev
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
0.56(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Meet the Author

Rodney Hilton (1916–2002) was for many years Professor of Medieval Social History at Birmingham University. His books include such classics as Bond Men Made Free, English Peasantry in the Middle Ages, and a bestselling collection which he edited for Verso, The Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism.

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