Origins of the European Economy: Communications and Commerce AD 300-900

by Michael McCormick

Hardcover, 2002



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Cambridge University Press (2002), Hardcover


For fifty years debate has raged about early European commerce during the period between antiquity and the middle ages. Was there trade? If so, in what - and with whom? New evidence and new ways of looking at old evidence are now breaking the stalemate. Analysis of communications - the movements of people, ideas and things - is transforming our vision of Europe and the Mediterranean in the age of Charlemagne and Harun al Rashid. This is the first comprehensive analysis of the economic transition during this period for over sixty years. Using new materials and new methodology, it will attract all social and economic historians of antiquity and the middle ages, and anyone concerned with the origins of Europe, the history of the slave trade, medicine and disease, cross-cultural contacts, and the Muslim and Byzantine worlds.… (more)

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LibraryThing member Shrike58
While McCormick has some suggestive theories regarding the medieval recovery of society and trade after the collapse of the Roman world, the structure of this book, with primary source material cheek-to-jowl with the analysis, is going to be a deterrent to all but the most determined of general
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readers. Much will depend on your patience for intellectual detective stories, or whether you just want to cut to the chase and get the point of it all. Specialists probably do have to consult this work, but even they will probably dive straight for the conclusions. Admittedly, I really should respect the scale of the scholarship here a bit more, but this is mostly a book you consult rather then read.
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1130 p.; 9.76 inches


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