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

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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, such as capitalism, and the social theories that would have a profound influence on the rest of the world over the next five ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Cambridge University Press
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Siria
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a solid survey of European economic and social history in the High and Late Middle Ages which manages the feet of being quite well-written and organised. There are two things which for me set this above the general run of college-level textbooks that are assigned in history survey classes in the U.S. One is the price: at $30, it's not super cheap but it's definitely not the eye-watering rates charged by a lot of textbook publishers. The other is that Epstein resolutely does not patronise ...more
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Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mediaeval
A wide-ranging textbook survey of 1000-1500. Epstein is careful in how he encourages his readers to approach the middle ages and thinks about the terms he employs. He uses the standard of living as a metric with which he evaluates the period because it combines social and economic history. This is all tied in to Malthusian ideas and demography is a major theme.
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Steven Epstein teaches history at the University of Kansas. He was educated at Swarthmore College, St. John’s College (Cambridge University), and Harvard College, where he developed his interests in medieval social and economic history. He is the author of Speaking of Slavery: Color, Ethnicity, and Human Bondage in Italy (2000), Genoa and the Genoese 958—1528 (1996).

See also: Stephan R. Epstein.
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