Agriculture and Rural Society After the Black Death: Common Themes and Regional Variations

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Richard Britnell, Ben Dodds
Univ of Hertfordshire Press, Apr 1, 2009 - History - 288 pages
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With special emphasis on the period following the Black Death, this new collection of essays explores agriculture and rural society during the late Middle Ages. Combining a broad perspective on agrarian problems--such as depopulation and social conflict--with illustrative material from detailed local and regional research, this compilation demonstrates how these general problems were solved within specific contexts. The contributors supply detailed studies relating to the use of the land, the movement of prices, the distribution of property, the organization of trade, and the cohesion of village society, among other issues. New research on regional development in medieval England and other European countries is also discussed.

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national trends
Regional price differentials and local economies in northeast
2a Frequency of runs of low price years 13501500 wheat
the corn market in Aberdeen c 1398c 1468
common themes and regional variations
tithes and economic agency
arable production in England France and Castile
some tithe evidence from the Wessex
common themes and regional variations
Accumulation and polarisation in two bailiwicks of the Winchester
village communities
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Ben Dodds is a lecturer in the department of history at the University of Durham who specializes in late-medieval economic and social history. He is the author of Peasants and Production in the Medieval North-East. Richard Britnell is a former professor emeritus of the University of Durham who specializes in the economic and social history of the medieval period. He is a fellow of the British Academy And The author of several monographs, textbooks, and articles.

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