This book is a study of secondary sources on medieval Catalonian history by an anthropologist. As such, it shows the relationship between historical events and theory in sociocultural anthropology pertaining to political economy, the formation of institutions of domination, peasants, agency and action. Historians may find it provocative, though it fits into a genre of social history that historians of that ilk may find more appealing. For anthropologists, it is also not a normal approach, as it uses historical and not ethnographic data, though fans of Eric Wolf will find the analysis familiar.
The main objective of the book is to show how the ways in which élites cherry picked among ancient laws to fabricate serfdom relate to theory in political economy, peasant studies and anthropology. Furthermore, with the rise of the state after the creation of serfdom, expansive war dominated the attention of élites to the detriment of peasants and society in general. That is, finances and élite efforts went into domination of foreign lands, not into developing a more equitable society within the Crown of Aragón. Thus, we are able to see that two kinds of domination were being constructed: internal and external, both of which were generated by élite action at the expense of the general population.
|Publisher:||Carolina Academic Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)|
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