Economic and social history of medieval Europe appeared in Histoire du moyen âge, by Henri Pirenne, Gustave Cohen, and Henri Focillon.”. “In this book, Henri Pirenne, the great Belgian economic historian, traces the character and general movement of the economic and social evolution of Western. LibraryThing Review. User Review – jhw – LibraryThing. Points of interest: A. Generalization Exchange and trade had sunk to lowest ebb in ninth century.

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An Economic and Social History of Medieval Europe by Henri Pirenne

Pirenne’s thesis shows that the growth of towns and trade was dconomic begotten by the Nobility, but by the people themselves. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. A time came when the developing merchant class was strong enough to throw off feudal obligations or to buy out the prerogatives of the old order, which Pirenne contrasted with the new element in numerous ways.

Sign In Register Help Oscial. These freemen were the base of the rapid expansion of trade in the early centuries of the new Millennium.

When trade revived in the late tenth and eleventh centuries, merchants and artisans were drawn to the existing centres, forming suburbs in which trade and manufactures were concentrated.

Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. The main part of the work looks into the development of commerce and cities from the Dark Ages.

Economic and social history of medieval Europe

Just the same horrid prose page after page after page. The unity of the country might appear accidental, something which Pirenne sought to disprove in his History of Belgium — by tracing Belgium’s history back to the Roman period. Edges greyed with dust marks. Sure, hiatory may have been a merchant or two willing to sell one apple for a coin at quite the profitbut the economy and coinage was based on purchases that were bought for the hearth, not the individual.


Pirenne’s theory of a commercial renaissance ans towns in the 11th century remains the standard interpretation.

R rated it liked it Aug 21, It is assumed we know. Though this threat to European trade would not be eliminated until the Barbary pirates were themselves eliminated centuries later. Want to Read saving….

However, for a clear introduction to the issues, this book is a great place to start. Pirenne’s son Pierre had been killed in the fighting at the Battle of the Yser in October Medieval HistoryEconomic HistoryBelgian history. Sign up to receive offers and ecinomic These were “new men” outside the feudal structure, living on the peripheries of the established order.

Economic And Social History Of Medieval Europe

The Revival of Commerce Chapter 2: A medievalist of Walloon descent, he wrote a multivolume history europpe Belgium in French and became a national hero. It stands as a monumental intellectual achievement. This combined with changes in the North of Europe – the Scandanavians were moving from a raiding to a trading culture across the northern seas, and a population explosion was straining the historical manorial base of society to breaking point.

Text contains marks and notes scattered throughout, in pencil. Mar 28, Juan Pablo rated henrl liked it Shelves: International postage will be less than the stated rate. His son Jacques Pirennewho had survived the war to become a historian historu his own right, discovered the manuscript. Mohammed and Charlemagne English translation by Bernard Miall, The Scarlet Pimpernel Published: Miriam Rose Books Condition: The Mediterranean in History.

Johann rated it really liked it Feb 27, There are no illustrations or line drawings or charts. A warning, I suppose, fromthat seems strangely relevant almost 80 years later… As Confucius might have said: Barbarian Goths came to Rome not to destroy it, but to take part in its benefits; they tried to preserve the Roman way of life. The Towns as Economic Centres. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Henri Pirenne. Mar 17, Hnri Robertus rated it really liked it. Much of his argument builds upon the disappearance from western Europe of items that had to come from outside.


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I inherited the book from my boss’s wife, who must have been assigned it as reading for a course when she attended some college class or other during the Great Depression. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. Urban Economy and the Regulation of Industry I. Lists with This Book.

The same can be said of cloth and most other purchases in the marketplace. Views Read Edit View history. Octavo standard book size. Urban Economy and the Regulation of Industry. Protectionism, Capitalism and Mercantilism Pirenne tries to balance both the role of the Church and Capitalism if you want to know his bias, I can’t tell from the book, they are like the brake and accelerator of the Medieval economy, one protecting the weak, the other rising the general standard of living and neither are above his often humouristic reproach: Open Preview See a Problem?

Henri Pirenne’s reputation today rests on three contributions to European history. Please, edit the description.