Economic and social history of medieval Europe appeared in Histoire du moyen âge, by Henri Pirenne, Gustave Cohen, and Henri Focillon.”. “In this book, Henri Pirenne, the great Belgian economic historian, traces the character and general movement of the economic and social evolution of Western. LibraryThing Review. User Review – jhw – LibraryThing. Points of interest: A. Generalization Exchange and trade had sunk to lowest ebb in ninth century.

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This began a steady decline and impoverishment so that, by mdeieval time of Charlemagnewestern Europe had become almost entirely agrarian at a subsistence level, with no long-distance trade. These three men between them changed the way we think about Medieval History, by thi Ah, those great French intellectuals of the 20th Century, so clear, so concise, so to the point Pag e ends slightly tanned, o.

He edited the work by inserting dates for which his father was uncertain in parentheses. Retrieved from ” https: The most famous expositions appear in Medieval Cities: The Revival of Commerce I. His theory that traders started as ecknomic co-operatives and built wealth on their own terms makes sense – the Nobles gained without having to get their hands dirty, as they henrl rents from townsmen, and sold their surplus agricultural produce to the same people.

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Ivan rated it really liked it Mar 09, Some Belgian scholars have argued that the creation of their country was a historical chance. It contains such gems as: The Mediterranean in History. Routledge and Kegan Paul, By using this site, you agree to the Terms mesieval Use and Privacy Pirehne. InBelgium was invaded by the German Empire and placed under German military occupation. Covers show edge wear and rubbing with creases.


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An Economic and Social History of Medieval Europe by Henri Pirenne

Pirenne was also the author of Medieval Cities: Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact, but spine is slightly cocked. His ideas, promoting a form of Belgian nationalismhave also proved controversial. These theories are backed with much evidence, succinctly and clearly laid out.

Mar 28, Juan Pablo rated it liked it Shelves: Good with no dust jacket. In a summary, Pirenne stated that “Without Islam, the Frankish Empire would probably never have existed, and Charlemagne, without Muhammad, would be inconceivable.

Pirenne’s thesis has not convinced most historians of the period, but they generally agree it has stimulated mecieval on the Early Middle Agesand has provided a provocative example of how periodization would work.

Views Read Edit View history. The Book House – St. Published May 1st by Routledge first published Modern economics has fallen away from this—with financially devastating consequences. Belgium as an independent nation state had appeared only a generation before Pirenne’s birth; throughout Western history, its fortunes had been tied up with the Low Countrieswhich now include the NetherlandsLuxembourg and parts of north-east France.

Oct 26, Lorraine rated it it was ok. Pirenne’s theory of a commercial renaissance in towns in the 11th century remains the standard interpretation. Pirenne’s Histoire de Belgique 7 vol. Mar 14, Sinesio rated it really liked it Shelves: In brief, the Pirenne Thesis, an early essay in economic history diverging from the narrative history of the 19th century, notes that in the ninth century long-distance trading was at a low ebb; the only settlements that were not purely agricultural were the ecclesiastical, military and administrative centres that served the feudal ruling classes as fortresses, episcopal seats, abbeys and occasional royal residences of the peripatetic palatium.


Henri Pirenne

Jun 18, Chloe Glynn rated it really liked it. Russell Books Ltd Condition: May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. The same can be said of cloth and most other purchases in the marketplace. In this book, he contends that through the period from the tenth to the twelfth centuries, Europe reclaimed control of the Mediterranean from the Muslim world, and opened up sea routes to the Orient.

Products were purchased primarily in bulk. He becomes a little too vehement against other authors about mid way through, and this makes the read a little painful. Light soiling to textblock and boards.

Commerce to the End of the Thirteenth Century I. Light marking to boards, previous owner’s name to front free endpaper, very clean text throughout. Harcourt, Brace And CompanyCa. Ships from the UK. Pirenne used statistical data regarding money in support of his thesis. He challenged the notion that Germanic barbarians had caused the Western Roman Empire to end and he challenged the notion that the end of the Western Roman Empire should be equated with the end of the office of emperor in Europe, which occurred in When trade revived in the late tenth and eleventh centuries, merchants and artisans were drawn to the existing centres, forming suburbs in which trade and manufactures were concentrated.