The Economic History of Byzantium: From the Seventh Through the Fifteenth Century, Volume 1

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Dumbarton Oaks, 2002 - Business & Economics - 1205 pages
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The longevity of the Byzantine state was due largely to the existence of variegated and articulated economic systems. This three-volume study examines the structures and dynamics of the economy and the factors that contributed to its development over time. The first volume addresses the environment, resources, communications, and production techniques. The second volume examines the urban economy; presents case studies of a number of places, including Sardis, Pergamon, Thebes, Athens, and Corinth; and discusses exchange, trade, and market forces. The third volume treats the themes of economic institutions and the state and general traits of the Byzantine economy. This global study of one of the most successful medieval economies will interest historians, economic historians, archaeologists, and art historians, as well as those interested in the Byzantine Empire and the medieval Mediterranean world.

 

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Contents

Its Production and Circulation
909
Cecile Morrisson
924
A Note on Monetary Mechanisms East and West
967
The Role of the Byzantine State in the Economy
973
Legal Institutions and Practice in Matters of Ecclesiastical Property
1059
Protimesis Preemption in Byzantium
1071
Byzantine Legislation on Economic Activity Relative to Social Class
1083
The Byzantine Law of Interest
1095
Legal Aspects of the Financing of Trade
1105
Economic Thought and Ideology
1123
An Overview
1145
List of Abbreviations
1165
Thematic Index
1171
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Angeliki E. Laiou is Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine History at Harvard University and a former Director of Dumbarton Oaks.

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