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Origins of the European economy : communications and commerce, A.D. 300-900

Author: Michael McCormick
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
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"For fifty years debate has raged about early European commerce during the period between antiquity and the middle ages. Was there trade? If so, in what - and with whom? New evidence and new ways of looking at old evidence are now breaking the stalemate. Analysis of communications - the movements of people, ideas and things - is transforming our vision of Europe and the Mediterranean in the age of Charlemagne and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael McCormick
ISBN: 0521661021 9780521661027
OCLC Number: 44860892
Awards: Winner of Haskins Medal 2005
Winner of Gyorgi Ranki Biennial Prize 2003
Short-listed for British Academy Book Prize 2002
Description: xxviii, 1101 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Commerce, communication, and the origins of the European economy --
PART I: THE END OF THE WORLD: The end of the ancient world --
Late Roman industry: case studies in decline --
Land and river communication in late antiquity --
Sea change in late antiquity --
The end of the ancient economy: a provisional balance sheet --
PART II: PEOPLE ON THE MOVE: A few Western faces --
Two hundred more Western envoys and pilgrims: group portrait --
Byzantine faces --
Easterners heating West; group portrait --
Traders, slaves, and exiles --
People on the move --
PART III: THINGS THAT TRAVELED: Hagiographical collecting exotic relics in early medieval France --
"Virtual" coins and communications --
Real money: Arab and Byzantine coins around Carolingian Europe --
Things that traveled --
PART IV: THE PATTERN OF CHANGE: The experience of travel --
Secular rhythm: communication over time --
Seasonal rhythms --
Time under way --"Spaces of sea": Europe's Western Mediterranean communication --
Venetian breakthrough: European communication in the central Mediterranean --
New overland routes --
The patterns of change --
PART V: COMMERCE: Early medieval trading worlds --
Where are the merchants? Italy --
Merchants and markets of Frankland --
Connections --
Whre are the wares? Eastern imports to Europe --
European exports to Africa and Asia --
At the origins of the European economy --
Appendixes: 1: Checklist of Mediterranean travelers, 700-900 --
2: Mentions of mancosi to 850 --
3: Catalogue of Arab and Byzantine coins in the West --
4: A register of Mediterranean communication, 700-900.
Responsibility: Michael McCormick.
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