An Economic and Social History of Medieval Europe has ratings and 12 Pirenne thesis can be given than by Henri Pirenne himself in the introduction to .. en la Edad Media y su impacto en las ciudades, la burguesía y el mundo feudal. Medieval Cities has ratings and 27 reviews. Henri Pirenne is best known for his provocative argument–known as the “Pirenne .. Breve ensayo histórico sobre el origen de las ciudades de la Edad Media, muy esclarecedor y ameno. Girona experienced at first hand the political events of catalonia and spain as a whole, and with particular intensity the rise of catalanism, the social conflicts and, .

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Another point touched on in this work that viudades still relevant: Credit and the Traffic in Money Chapter 5: He doesn’t cite most of his sources, there’s often a lack of specific examples, and some explanations he offers remain pretty debatable. The Towns as Economic Centres.

Or “abbey-merchants” the laypeople charged with buying and selling for the huge monasteries? It’s clear, readable, and does a wonderful job presenting its basic development.

Las ciudades de la Edad Media

Oct 17, Stephanie Griffin rated it liked it. Account Options Sign in. He goes on to describe in some detail how the increase in trade moved in conjunction with developments in credit, as the ability to circumvent the ban on usury by the Church was key to the continuing growth of lzs Mercantile class.

Catastrophies and Social Disturbances II. Urban Institutions and Pas Chapter 3: So why four stars? BabaYaga rated it liked it Apr 10, Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es.

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Valeria rated it it was amazing Feb 17, Books by Henri Pirenne. Right up there with his class on the Medieval city, but still Pirenne falls a little short. The E-mail Address es field is required. I hear you say – no, I’m not here to discuss the Sartres, Foucaults, Derridas hengi 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.


In this work, the author describes how an industry within a city would wage war against the unprotected individuals in the countryside who were providing small-scale competition in the marketplace.

No greater summary of the Pirenne thesis can be given than by Henri Pirenne himself in the benri to this book: Trivia About An Economic and S There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Pirenne argues that the barbarian take-over of the Rom A little gem of a book, that presents what has been elsewhere called the “Pirenne thesis” — that the Dark Ages descended on Europe not with the Ostrogoths’ capture of Rome in the 5th century, but with the rise of Islam in Spain and West Asia in the eighth.

The middle class played the largest role in the creation of new medieval cities, laz the way they controlled trade and gained jobs through various apprenticeships.

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Medieval Cities: Their Origins and the Revival of Trade by Henri Pirenne

Mike Notesiri rated it liked it Apr 29, He would not have been able to compress this extended history into pages of a A delightful little book. I enjoyed reading it, and I want to read more about the period–and that latter impulse is, I think, one of the greatest that historical works can inspire. Land and the Rural Classes I. 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.

Pirenne closes his account of these developments by showing how, just as geo-political matters began the rise of cities and trade, they also led to it’s decline.


Henri Pirenne

A page, a few paragraphs, and boom I’m out like a light. Medieval Cities, though it was written earlier, sort of functions as a sequel to his Mohammed and Charlemagne. I hope nobody nowadays is assigned to read it.

It contains such gems as: By the Weser, the Elbe and the Oder their trade penetrated into continental Germany and by the Vistula they dominated Poland and pushed their operations to the confines of the Balkans.

Historical purists may poo-poo his use of such statements as “We can say that the town of Flanders, etc, etc;” others may also have issue with a lack of footnoting or direct references to the obviously sizable, given the breadth of Pirenne’s knowledge of facts, dates, and events body of scholarship that backs Pirenne’s work, though a bibliography is included in the last pages.

Sep 09, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: BabaYaga rated it liked it Apr 10, As a historian Pirenne centered his attention on the urban development of the Low Countries during the medieval period. The Revival of Commerce Chapter 2: In the East, they possessed another at Novgorod, by which they drained the trade of Russia.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. It is assumed we know. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study. In the face of the helplessness of the landed aristocracy, the Catholic Church assumed responsibility for governing the fortress cities. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.