The Commercial Revolution of the Middle Ages, 950-1350

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 26, 1976 - Business & Economics - 180 pages
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Professor Robert Lopez provides an incisive analysis of the economic structure of the Middle Ages. He makes use of modern economic concepts to explain how an underdeveloped economic system gave birth to the commercial revolution through which Europe succeeded in developing itself. The book goes far beyond the familiar picture of medieval European society, with its magnificent cathedrals and imposing castles, to concentrate instead on the walled cities and open countryside, for it was here that the revolution was born. Deftly and concisely, Professor Lopez traces the history of this remarkable economic upheaval which saw the rise of merchants and craftsmen and the decline of agricultural dependence by the society.
 

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This is a short but bright overview of the development of economic opportunities in medieval Europe. I particularly liked the third chapter on the take-off of the commercial revolution, which focused ... Read full review

Contents

ROMAN AND BARBARIAN PRECEDENTS
1
ROMAN AGRICULTURE
3
ROMAN COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
6
CRAFTS AND CREDIT
8
THE COLLAPSE OF THE EMPIRE AND THE LONG DOWNWARD TREND
10
AGRICULTURE IN THE BARBARIAN AGE
13
THE TRADES IN THE BARBARIAN AGE
18
CATHOLIC EUROPE AND HER NEIGHBORS
22
THE UNEVEN DIFFUSION OF COMMERCIALIZATION
85
PATTERNS AND OBJECTS OF TRADE
91
THE MEDITERRANEAN SCENE
97
DEPOSIT BANKING AND FINANCE AS AN OFFSHOOT OF TRADE
103
THE EXPLOSION OF ITALIAN TRADE
106
THE NORTHERN MEDITERRANEAN
113
IN A LOWER KEY
119
BETWEEN CRAFTS AND INDUSTRY
123

THE GROWTH OF SELFCENTERED AGRICULTURE
27
PATTERNS OF AGRICULTURAL EXPANSION
30
CHANGES IN THE DIETS AND THE CROPS
36
ANIMALS AND TOOLS
41
COMMUNITIES AND INDIVIDUALS
48
THE TAKEOFF OF THE COMMERCIAL REVOLUTION
56
THE JEWS
60
THE ITALIANS
63
COINS AND CREDIT
70
CONTRACTS
73
TRANSPORTATION
79
CRAFT GUILDS
125
THE RISE OF THE WOOLLEN CRAFTS
130
GUILD BALANCE AND PREINDUSTRIAL RISE IN OTHER FIELDS
138
THE RESPONSE OF THE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY
148
THE COMMERCIAL COMPONENTS OF AGRICULTURAL GROWTH
154
THE DARK SIDE OF THE PICTURE
162
THE REVOLUTION COMES TO A HALT
164
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING
169
INDEX
176
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