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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Henri Pirenne donated the majority of his personal library to the Academia Belgica in Rome. Pirenne brought the perspective of the Low Countries to his interpretations, which had value at the time but have been substantially corrected for other regions of Europe. I have been interested in Medieval Europe since reading Roselynde by Roberta Gellis over 35 years ago, and find historical fiction much more to my taste than history.

Modern pf has fallen amd from this—with financially devastating consequences. Better World Books Ltd Condition: However, for a clear introduction to the issues, this book is a great place to start. First, what has become known as the Pirenne Thesis, concerning origins of the Middle Ages in reactive state formation and shifts in trade; secondly, for a distincti Henri Pirenne was a leading Belgian historian.

This class also worked hard to limit their henrj numbers by creating Guilds and other trade organisations, as well as limiting competition by developing tariffs and other official forms of control over trade.

Economic And Social History Of Medieval Europe

Commerce to the End of the Thirteenth Century I. Rather than a blow-by-blow chronology of wars, dynasties and incidents, A History of Europe presents a big-picture approach to social, political and mercantile trends. The main part of the work looks into the development of commerce and cities from the Dark Ages. Light marking to eurole, previous owner’s name to front free endpaper, very clean text throughout.


Henri Pirenne was a leading Belgian historian. Edges greyed with dust marks.

Good with no dust jacket Edition: Very Good Plus Edition: I hear you say – no, I’m not here to discuss the Sartres, Foucaults, Derridas and Kristevas of the World, but the other great intellectual gift to us from France – the French historians of the 20th Century – Bloch, Le Roy Ladurie, and the author discussed here, Pirenne although Pirenne was actually Belgian. This trade would bring about an increase in wealth and a decrease in slave raiding allowing the European ecoonomy to support the growing cities, creating a self-perpetuating economic growth and the cities further developed trade and wealth.

It is assumed we know. Goodreads helps henrj keep track socisl books you want to read. These three men between them changed the way we think about Medieval History, by thinking about the underlying causes for hnri change in society from the end of the Roman Empire to 15th century.

BabaYaga rated it liked it Apr 10, Histtory 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 It contains such gems as: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

This gave Pirenne’s work a unique perspective. Although a liberal himself, he wrote hjstory seven-volume history with such a masterly balance that Catholics, liberals and socialists could quote from it with equal respect in their newspapers or sometimes even in their political gatherings. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Not quite so dry as I was expecting, this handy little text medievval a well-framed commentary of practices and institutions that undergird modern Europe and its colonial diaspora. This was an economically disasterous shift but gradually European prosperity re-emerged as trade once again expanded, in the new Northern cities following the defeat of the Vikings, and in the Mediterrenean undet the umbrella of the Byzantine and as Europe eurkpe its military might in the Mediterranean with the Crusades and Italian city states along with the Catalan traders gradually displaced the Saracene pirates, raiders and slave-traders.


Please note our excellent feedback. Peter rated it liked it Apr 06, Please, edit the description 3 94 Sep 09, Pirenne’s son Pierre had been killed in the fighting at the Battle of the Yser in October The feudal core remained static and inert. The unity of the country might appear accidental, something which Pirenne sought to disprove in his History of Belgium — by tracing Belgium’s history back to the Roman period.

Products were purchased primarily in bulk. 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 – Wikipedia

Pirenne argued that profound social, economic, cultural, and religious movements in the long term resulted from equally profound underlying causes, and this attitude influenced Marc Bloch and the outlook of the French Annales School of social history.

The Owl at the Bridge. The Revival of Commerce I. May have owner’s name or gift inscription. Pirenne’s other major idea concerned the nature of medieval Belgium. Owner’s name on front inside cover. Medieval HisoryEconomic HistoryBelgian history.

Much historiography of Medieval times is based on Pirenne’s insights – his foundations now have some quite imposing structures placed upon them.