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Why Europe? : the medieval origins of its special path

Author: Michael Mitterauer; Gerald Chapple
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010.
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Why did capitalism and colonialism arise in Europe and not elsewhere? Why were parliamentarian and democratic forms of government founded there? What factors led to Europe's unique position in shaping the world? Thoroughly researched and persuasively argued, Why Europe? tackles these classic questions with illuminating results. Michael Mitterauer traces the roots of Europe's singularity to the medieval era,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mitterauer, Michael.
Why Europe?
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010
(DLC) 2010005833
(OCoLC)528665899
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Mitterauer; Gerald Chapple
ISBN: 9780226532387 0226532380 9780226532530 0226532534
OCLC Number: 648759796
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 406 pages)
Contents: Rye and oats : the agrarian revolution of the early middle ages --
Manor and hide : the manorial roots of European social structures --
The conjugal family and bilateral kinship : social flexibility through looser ties of descent --
The feudal system and the estates : a special path of feudalism --
The papal church and universal religious orders : Western Christendom as a highly organized religious community --
The Crusades and protocolonialism : the roots of European expansionism --
Preaching and printing : early modes of mass communication --
"Through what concatenation of circumstances --?" : interacting determinants of Europe's special path.
Other Titles: Warum Europa?
Responsibility: Michael Mitterauer ; translated by Gerald Chapple.

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"Michael Mitterauer, the Viennese medievalist, has written a great book....Mitterauer has something to teach even veteran historians." - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung "An outstanding work of Read more...

 
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