Origins of the European Economy Communications and Commerce AD 300-900 Synopsis
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 Harun al Rashid. This is the first comprehensive analysis of the economic transition during this period for over sixty years. Using new materials and new methodology, it will attract all social and economic historians of antiquity and the middle ages, and anyone concerned with the origins of Europe, the history of the slave trade, medicine and disease, cross-cultural contacts, and the Muslim and Byzantine worlds.
Origins of the European Economy Communications and Commerce AD 300-900 Press Reviews
'Cambridge University Press is to be congratulated on a polished and well-edited production ... This is a noble addition to the school inspired by Pirenne, and will no doubt still be around in another sixty years' time.' Economic History Services 'Michael McCormick has written a Decline and Fall for the twenty-first century ... his brilliant book will shatter most people's conceptions of the Dark Ages.' Ross Balzaretti, The Times Literary Supplement '... an awesome book ... The results are little short of extraordinary. McCormick has established a benchmark for what, as he rightly points out, has been a virtual world lost between those studying East and West, and North and South. Time will show what a massively useful work this.' Richard Hodges, Agrarian History Review 'The motor of the economic surge which appears in the increase of Mediterranean communications...was the linking of Europe to the more advanced economy of the Middle East. The Mediterranean was thus no barrier, but a bridge between two economic worlds. The significance of this clear and persuasively polished book lies in its method of observing economic development and in the convincing results ...'. Neue Zurcher Zeitung '... a product of arduous, ambitious, serious historical scholarship ... a noble addition to the school inspired by Pireene, and will no doubt still be around in another sixty years' time.' EH.Net Reviews '... this is a thorough and refeshing discussion of what documentary and artefactual sources tell us about economy and communcation in this period.' History 'The book is a remarkable compendium of information about travel. McCormick is an exceptional scholar, blessed with the linguistic gifts that allow him to range through an extraordinary number of texts ... am certain it will be productively mined, as a comprehensive work of reference, for a long time to come.' The Times Higher Education Supplement 'McCormick's book is a masterpiece of craft ... McCormick, like Bloch and Pirenne, is writing a different kind of economic history: 'economic history as cultural history' ... McCormick has carried the best work of the early twentieth century on into the twenty-first - not just by adding more lanes, but by carving out a whole new route.' New Republic