Modelling the Middle Ages The History and Theory of England's Economic Development

ISBN-10: 019924412X

ISBN-13: 9780199244126

Edition: 2001

Authors: John Hatcher, Mark Bailey

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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 Thnen, 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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Book details

List price: $59.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/5/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

MARK & SALLY BAILEY have been evolving their unique style for more than 30 years, both in their home and business, Baileys, in the Herefordshire countryside. Their backgrounds in architecture, interior design and furniture-making have led to numerous collaborations with the music and fashion industries, retailers and in product design. Their first two books forRyland Peters & Small, Recycled Home and Simple Home, have been critical and commercial successes.

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