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Modelling the Middle Ages : The History and Theory of England's Economic Development - John Hatcher

Modelling the Middle Ages

The History and Theory of England's Economic Development

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2001
ISBN: 9780199244119
Number Of Pages: 272

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Most of what has been written on the economy of the middle ages is deeply influenced by abstract concepts and theories. The most powerful and popular of these guiding beliefs are derived from intellectual foundations laid down in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by Adam Smith, Johan von Thünen, Thomas Malthus, David Ricardo, and Karl Marx. In the hands of twentieth-century historians and social scientists these venerable ideas have been moulded into three grand explanatory ideas which continue to dominate interpretations of economic development. These trumpet in turn the claims of 'commercialization', 'population and resources', or 'class power and property relations' as the prime movers of historical change. In this highly original book John Hatcher and Mark Bailey examine the structure and test the validity of these conflicting models from a variety of perspectives. In the course of their investigations they provide not only detailed reconstructions of the economic history of England in the middle ages and sustained critical commentaries on the work of leading historians, but also discussions of the philosophy and methods of history and the social sciences. The result is a short and readily intelligible introduction to medieval economic history, an up-to-date critique of established models, and a succinct treatise on historiographical method.

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Intriguing ... highly enjoyable and provocative. The Agricultural History Review Lucid, learned, and at times passionate ... the book is important and will undoubtedly be found indispensable for many years to come. English Historical Review

1: Methods and Models 2: Population and Resources 3: Class Power and Property Relations 4: Commercialization, Markets, and Technology 5: The Importance of Time and Place 6: Beyond the Classic Supermodels Guide to Further Reading

ISBN: 9780199244119
ISBN-10: 0199244111
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st June 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.29  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.43