This book is concerned with one of the fundamental problems in the economic and social history of Europe in the early modern period, namely with the bifurcation in its development: in Western Europe, the development of capitalism; in East-Central Europe, the rise of the manorial-serf economy which hampered the development of capitalism. The main motif linking together the studies in this volume is the endeavour to explain this separation. the author evaluates the different theories explaining this, and also provides further analysis of economic life, dealing with the commercial activity, economic regression, especially in Poland.
Contents: Continuity and discontinuity in the development of the feudal system in Eastern Europe (Xth to XVIIth centuries); The manorial-serf economy in Central and Eastern Europe in the XVIth and XVIIth centuries; Autour des modèles de l’explication du passage au système de la corvée en Europe centrale et orientale (XVIe-XVIIe siècles); Peasant economy before and during the first stage of industrialisation; Les décisions en matière d’économie dans le monde paysan en Europe centrale et Europe de l’Est du XVIe au XVIIIe siècle; La dynamique du court terme et la dynamique de la longue durée dans l’explication de l’évolution agraire en Pologne du XVIe-XVIIIe siècles; Croissance économique de la Pologne du Xe au XXe siècle: remarques méthodiques et tentatives d’évaluation; La réféodalisation dans l’économie des grands domaines en Europe centrale et orientale (XVIe-XVIIIe siècles); La régression économique en Pologne du XVIe au XVIIIe siècle; Technique agricole et la crise: l’assolement triennal en Pologne aux XVIe-XVIIIe siècle; Polish economy in the XVIIIth century; Methodological foundations of comparative studies of large regions of the world; The structure of the Polish nobility in the XVIth and the XVIIth century: some new findings and reflections; Commerce des denrées agricoles et croissance économique de la zone baltique aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles; Faktoren der Entstehung eines internationalen Jahrmarktnetzes in Polen im XVI. und XVII. Jahrhundert; The role of Gniezno in international trade; Jan Rutkowski (1886-1949) and his conception of synthesis in historical science; The model method in economic history; Index.
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