Freedom and Growth: The Rise of States and Markets in Europe, 1300-1750

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Business & Economics - 223 pages
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In discussions on European pre-modern economic growth, the role of individual freedom and of the state has loomed large. This book examines whether different kinds of 'freedoms' (absolutist, parliamentary and republican) caused different economic outcomes, and shows the effect of different political regimes on long term development. It thus offers new answers to debates on the transition from feudalism to capitalism and on the causes of pre-industrial growth and divergence.
 

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Contents

Introduction States and markets
1
Freedom freedoms and growth
12
The late medieval crisis as an integration crisis
38
States and fairs
73
Cities and the rise of Italian territorial states
89
The origins of protoindustry C1300C1550
106
Markets and states c13OOc1550
147
Conclusion
169
Bibliography
175
Index
218
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S. R. Epstein is Reader in Economic History at the London School of Economics.

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