A History of Business in Medieval Europe, 1200-1550

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 28, 1999 - History - 277 pages
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A History of Business in Medieval Europe, 1200-1550, demolishes the widely held view that the phrase "medieval business" is an oxymoron. The authors review the entire range of business in medieval western Europe, probing its Roman and Christian heritage to discover the economic and political forces that shaped the organization of agriculture, manufacturing, construction, mining, transportation, and marketing. Then they deal with the responses of businessmen to the devastating plagues, famines, and warfare that beset Europe in the late Middle Ages. Medieval businessmen's remarkable success in coping with this hostile new environment prepared the way for the economic expansion of the sixteenth century.
 

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Contents

Economics culture and geography of early medieval trade
11
Tools of trade business organization
31
Traders and their tools
52
The politics of business
75
Business gets bigger the supercompany phenomenon
99
Introduction
125
The new business environment of the Middle Ages
132
Business responses to the new environment
151
The fifteenth century revolutionary results from old processes
178
Sources of capital in the late Middle Ages
204
A new age for business
226
Conclusions
246
Notes
250
Further reading
260
Index
269
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