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The Birth of the Western Economy

Economic Aspects of the Dark Ages, 1st Edition

By Robert Latouche


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Table of Contents

Foreword by Philip Grierson page ix

Introduction xiii

Part I. The Component Forces

I The Roman World: state control in the late Empire 3

II The Roman World: conditions of rural life 18

III The Germanic ‘World: its primitive economy 29

IV The Christian Church: its economic doctrine: the result of its triumph 48

Part II. The Merovingian Age

I Farming and Agriculture in the very early Middle Ages: old theories and new horizons 59

II Farming in the very early Middle Ages (cont.): Mansus, Villa and Husbandry 73

III The Eclipse of Town Life and the influence of the Church on its evolution 97

IV The so-called ‘Grand Commerce’ of the Merovingian Period 117

V Coinage and Currency. The seas and shipping 126

Part III. The Early Carolingians: A Temporary Restoration

I Charlemagne and a controlled economy. Reform of the Currency 143

II Trade and Barter under the Early Carolingians page 155

III The ‘Villa’ of Charlemagne’s time: Farming and Manufacture 176

IV The Structure of the Great Estate and the origin of the rural ‘Seigneurie’ 190

Part IV. The Laborious Birth of a Western Civilization

I The Vikings and Scandinavian Expansion 211

II The Resurgence of Town Life and of Commercial Activity 235

III The Expansion and Development of Agriculture in the Eleventh Century 268

Conclusion 301

Bibliography 311

Index 329

About the Author

M. Latouche was Professor of Mediev al History at the University of Grenoble, member of the Historical Commission of the National Centre of Scientific Research, and is the author of a number of books on the Medieval period.

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