An Economic and Social History of Later Medieval Europe, 1000-1500

An Economic and Social History of Later Medieval Europe, 1000-1500

by Steven A. Epstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 052170653X

ISBN-13: 9780521706537

Pub. Date: 04/27/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book examines the most important themes in European social and economic history from the beginning of growth around the year 1000 to the first wave of global exchange in the 1490s. These five hundred years witnessed the rise of economic systems, such as capitalism, and the social theories that would have a profound influence on the rest of the world over the

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This book examines the most important themes in European social and economic history from the beginning of growth around the year 1000 to the first wave of global exchange in the 1490s. These five hundred years witnessed the rise of economic systems, such as capitalism, and the social theories that would have a profound influence on the rest of the world over the next five centuries. The basic story, the human search for food, clothing, and shelter in a world of violence and scarcity, is a familiar one, and the work and daily routines of ordinary women and men are the focus of this volume. Surveying the full extent of Europe, from east to west and north to south, Steven Epstein illuminates family life, economic and social thought, war, technologies, and other major themes while giving equal attention to developments in trade, crafts, and agriculture. The great waves of famine and then plague in the fourteenth century provide the centerpiece of a book that seeks to explain the causes of Europe’s uneven prosperity and its response to catastrophic levels of death. Epstein also sets social and economic developments within the context of the Christian culture and values that were common across Europe and that were in constant tension with Muslims, Jews, and dissidents within its boundaries and the great Islamic and Tartar states on its frontier.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521706537
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/27/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,258,387
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Europe at the millennium; 2. Agriculture and rural life; 3. Trade 1000–1350; 4. Cities, guilds, and political economy; 5. Economic and social thought; 6. The Great Hunger and the Big Death: the calamitous fourteenth century; 7. Technology and consumerism; 8. War and social unrest; 9. Fifteenth-century portraits.

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