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Dark Age Economics Origins of Towns and Trade, A.D.600-1000 by Richard Hodges
  

Dark Age Economics Origins of Towns and Trade, A.D.600-1000

Part of the New approaches in archaeology Series

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Dark Age Economics Origins of Towns and Trade, A.D.600-1000 by Richard Hodges

It was in the second half of the first millennium A.D. that northern Europe took on the basic configuration that it now presents. Recently a wealth of new archaeological evidence has emerged to enable historians to assess the growth of international trade and the evolution of towns in this crucial period. This book analyses models of economic evelopment in the light of this new evidence to evaluate not only the changing character of the first post-Roman urban centers but also the organization of the countryside which supported them. Boat remains, coins and trade artifacts are all examined. Finally, a general account is offered of the role of towns and trade in the creation of Western Europe. This is the first synthesis of its kind for the medieval period, and confirms the importance of archaeology as a major source of evidence for an understanding of the economic history of the Dark Ages.

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An important scholarly book. -- The Times


About the Author

Richard Hodges is Director of the Institute of World Archaeology, School of World Art Studies, University of East Anglia, and Scientific Director of the Butrint Foundation. He is series editor of the Duckworth Debates in Archaeology series and author of many books, including Dark Age Economics, The Anglo-Saxon Achievement and Villa to Village.

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Publication date

25th May 1989

Author

Richard Hodges

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Publisher

Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Anthropology
Prehistoric archaeology
General & world history
Ancient history: to c 500 CE
Social & cultural history

ISBN

9780715616666

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