The Brenner Debate: Agrarian Class Structure and Economic Development in Pre-industrial Europe

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 30, 1987 - Business & Economics - 339 pages
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Few historical issues have occasioned such discussion since at least the time of Marx as the transition from feudalism to capitalism in Western Europe. The Brenner Debate, which reprints from Past and Present various article in 1976, is a scholarly presentation of a variety of points of view, covering a very wide range in time, place and type of approach. Weighty theoretical responses to Brenner's first formulation followed from the late Sir Michael Postan, John Hatcher, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie and Guy Bois; more particular contributions came from Patricia Croot, David Parker, Arnost Klýma and Heide Wunder on England, France, Bohemia and Germany; and reflective pieces from R. H. Hilton and the late J. P. Cooper. Completing the volume, and giving it an overall coherence, are Brenner's own comprehensive response to those who had taken part in the debate, and also R. H. Hilton's introduction that aims to bring together the major themes in the collection of essays. The debate has already aroused widespread interest among historians and scholars in allied fields as well as among ordinary readers, and may reasonably be regarded as one of the most important historical debates of prevailing years.
 

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Agrarian Class Structure and Economic Development in PreIndustrial Europe
10
Population and Class Relations in Feudal Society
64
Agrarian Class Structure and the Development of Capitalism France and England Compared
79
Peasant Organization and Class Conflict in Eastern and Western Germany
91
A Reply to Robert Brenner
101
Against the NeoMalthusian Orthodoxy
107
A Crisis of Feudalism
119
In Search of Agrarian Capitalism
138
Agrarian Class Structure and Economic Development in PreIndustrial Bohemia
192
The Agrarian Roots of European Capitalism
213
Index
329
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Page 7 - Social relations are closely bound up with productive forces. In acquiring new productive forces men change their mode of production; and in changing their mode of production, in changing the way of earning their living, they change all their social relations. The hand-mill gives you society with the feudal lord; the steam-mill, society with the industrial capitalist.

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