Political and Economic Domination in Medieval Catalonia: An Anthropological View

Political and Economic Domination in Medieval Catalonia: An Anthropological View

by Eugene Mendonsa

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Political and Economic Domination in Medieval Catalonia: An Anthropological View by Eugene Mendonsa

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781594604867
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
Publication date: 01/23/2008
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Eugene Mendonsa, recently a Research Fellow at the Centre for African Studies at Cambridge University, UK, is now retired and writing in Utah.

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