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Commerce before capitalism in Europe, 1300-1600

Author: Martha C Howell
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Martha C. Howell argues that the merchants, shopkeepers, artisans, and consumers in cities and courts throughout Western Europe were by no means proto-capitalist and did not consider their property a fungible asset. Even though they freely bought and sold property using sophisticated financial techniques, they preserved its capacity to secure social bonds by intensifying market regulations and by assigning new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martha C Howell
ISBN: 9780521760461 0521760461 9780521148504 0521148502
OCLC Number: 437186785
Description: xii, 365 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Movable/immovable : what's in a name? --
"Pour l'amour et affection conjugale" --
Gift work --
The dangers of dress --
Rescuing commerce.
Responsibility: Martha C. Howell.

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Challenges dominant interpretations of the relationship between the so-called commercial revolution of late medieval Europe and the capitalist age that followed.  Read more...

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