An Economic and Social History of Later Medieval Europe, 1000-1500

An Economic and Social History of Later Medieval Europe, 1000-1500

By: Steven A. Epstein (author)Paperback

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This book examines the most important themes in European social and economic history from the beginning of growth around the year 1000 to the first wave of global exchange in the 1490s. These five hundred years witnessed the rise of economic systems, and the social theories that would have a profound influence on the rest of the world over the next five centuries. Surveying the full extent of Europe, from east to west and north to south, Steven Epstein illuminates family life, economic and social thought, war, technologies, and other major themes while giving equal attention to developments in trade, crafts, and agriculture. The great waves of famine and then plague in the fourteenth century provide the centerpiece of a book that seeks to explain the causes of Europe's uneven prosperity and its response to catastrophic levels of death.

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Steven A. Epstein is Ahmanson-Murphy Distinguished Professor of Medieval History at the University of Kansas. He is the author of numerous articles and five books on aspects of medieval social and economic history, including Genoa and the Genoese, 958-1528 and Purity Lost: Transgressing Boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1000-1400.


1. Europe at the millennium; 2. Agriculture and rural life; 3. Trade 1000-1350; 4. Cities, guilds, and political economy; 5. Economic and social thought; 6. The Great Hunger and the Big Death: the calamitous fourteenth century; 7. Technology and consumerism; 8. War and social unrest; 9. Fifteenth-century portraits.

Product Details

  • publication date: 27/04/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780521706537
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780521706537
  • weight: 410
  • ISBN10: 052170653X

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