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Medieval Economic Thought

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  • Date Published: October 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521452601

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  • This book is an introduction to medieval economic thought, mainly from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries, as it emerges from the works of academic theologians and lawyers and other sources - from Italian merchants' writings to vernacular poetry, Parliamentary legislation, and manorial court rolls. It raises a number of questions based on the Aristotelian idea of the mean, the balance and harmony underlying justice, as applied by medieval thinkers to the changing economy. How could private ownership of property be reconciled with God's gift of the earth to all in common? How could charity balance resources between rich and poor? What was money? What were the just price and the just wage? How was a balance to be achieved between lender and borrower and how did the idea of usury change to reflect this? The answers emerge from a wide variety of ecclesiastical and secular sources.

    • Highlights a relatively little-known subject for the non-specialist reader or the student
    • Draws together a number of different themes from different European countries and a wide variety of schools of thought
    • Relates clearly the economic thinking of the middle ages with profound matters of theology, politics and society
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    'In its range and clarity Medieval Economic Thought is an excellent introduction to its topic.' The Agricultural History Review

    '… well written, very rich of information and really enjoyable for the many references to historical facts about economic policy, mercantile life, customs, etc. It is a good reading for those willing to go deeper in the medieval economic culture, either as an amateur or as a researcher.' History of Economic Ideas

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    • Date Published: October 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521452601
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction: problems, evidence, and background
    1. Private property versus communal rights: the conflict of two laws
    2. Wealth, beggary and sufficiency
    3. What is money?
    4. Sovereign concerns: weights, measures and coinage
    5. The mercantile system
    6. The just price and the just wage
    7. The nature of usury: the usurer as winner
    8. The theory of interest: the usurer as loser
    Conclusion
    Appendix: notes on the main writers and anonymous works used in the text
    Glossary
    Bibliography.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • World History 500-1650
  • Author

    Diana Wood, University of East Anglia
    Diana Wood is Senior Research Fellow in History, University of East Anglia, and Associate Tutor in Local History, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. Her publications include Clement VI: the Pontificate and Ideas of an Avignon Pope (Cambridge, 1989).

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