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Society and Economy in Germany, 1300-1600 : European Studies Series - E. Kouri

Society and Economy in Germany, 1300-1600

European Studies Series

Paperback Published: 27th November 2001
ISBN: 9780333585320
Number Of Pages: 313

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"Society and Economy in Germany, 1300-1600" surveys the social and economic development of the German-speaking lands from the age of the Black Death to the eve of the Thirty Years War. It outlines the political geography of the German lands, the aristocratic character of the Empire as a constitutional polity based on a society of Estates, and the changes in society and economy in the wake of the late medieval agrarian crisis. It examines in detail divergent regional and economic trends, and the widening social gulf between the West German landlordship and the new seigneurialism east of the Elbe, and gives wide coverage of urban and rural revolts.

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'His broad accounts of the social order, the importance of mortgaging in late medieval state formation, the increasing incidence of serfdom in both west and east, and late medieval ideals of reform, will prove of lasting value. At the same time the smooth integration of analyses of power into spatial analyses of commercial development, utilizing the tools of historical geography, provides an exemplary case for historians of other regions to follow.' - Paul Warde, University of Cambridge, The Economic History Review 'It fills a major gap, and will be welcomed both by students and their teachers. Scott has written a very learned, wide-ranging and helpful book.' - Len Scales, University of Durham 'This tough-minded but wise and up-to-date introduction is appropriate for upper-division undergraduates and above.' - J.T. Rosenthal, Choice

List of Mapsp. ix
List of Tablesp. x
Note on Usagep. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Political Geography of Germany, 1300-1600p. 6
What was 'Germany'?
Territorial Principalities
Nobles, Knights, and Cities
Topography and Communications
Society and Hierarchyp. 27
The Spiritual and Secular Aristocracy
Nobles and Cities
Citizens and Communal Values
Urban Social Mobility
Urban Social Inequality
The Margins of Urban Society
The Rural Commune
Rural Citizens and Communal Solidarity
Population and Householdp. 56
Population Decline and Recovery
Urban Population Ratios
Fertility and Nuptuality
Employment and Gender
Economic Landscapesp. 72
The Determinants of an Economic Landscape
Agricultural Landscapes and Inheritance Customs
Intensified Tillage and Pastoralism
Viticulture and Commercial Crops
Landscapes with Rural Industries
Textiles and the Putting-Out System
Mining and Metallurgy
Technological Innovations
Industrialized Landscapes
Commercial Networks and Urban Systemsp. 113
Markets and Urban Regional Systems
Commerce: Opportunities and Obstacles
The Hanseatic League
South German Merchant Companies
Central Places and Town--Country Relations
Stages of Urban Expansion
The Construction of Landed Territories
Patterns of Integration and Subordination
Lordship and Dependencep. 153
The Late Medieval Agrarian Crisis
The Economic Situation of the West German Nobility
Nobles, Feuding, and Territorial State-Building
Ecclesiastical Lordships in Western Germany
The Revival of Serfdom
Divisions within Village Communes in the West
Intensified Commercial Agriculture in East Elbia
The Burdens on the East-Elbian Peasantry
Reform and Revoltp. 198
Imperial Reform in the Fifteenth Century
Society and Economy in the Thought of the Religious Reformers
Urban Revolts in the Fourteenth Century
Urban Revolts on the Eve of the Reformation
Urban Revolts at the Turn of the Sixteenth Century
Late Medieval Rural Rebellions
The Course and Causes of the Peasants' War
Political Programmes in the Peasants' War
Peasant Revolts in the Sixteenth Century
Deviancy and Conformityp. 249
Standards of Living
Climate Change, Subsistence Crises, and Economic Downturn
Honour and Social Cohesion
Germany Jewry in the Confessional Age
The Beginnings of Witch-Hunting
The Witchcraze of the Late Sixteenth Century
'Good Police' and Social Discipline
Bibliography of Works in Englishp. 271
Select List of Works in Germanp. 283
Glossaryp. 291
Acknowledgementsp. 296
Index of Names and Placesp. 297
Index of Subjectsp. 309
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ISBN: 9780333585320
ISBN-10: 0333585321
Series: European Studies Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 313
Published: 27th November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1