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Title: A History of Business in Medieval Europe, 1200-1550
Author: Hunt, Edwin S James Murray
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1999
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521499231
Volumes: 1; Pages: 298
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A History of Business in Medieval Europe, 1200-1550, demolishes the widely held view that the phrase "medieval business" is an oxymoron. The authors review the entire range of business in medieval western Europe, probing its Roman and Christian heritage to discover the economic and political forces that shaped the organization of agriculture, manufacturing, construction, mining, transportation, and marketing. Then they deal with the responses of businessmen to the devastating plagues, famines, and warfare that beset Europe in the late Middle Ages. Medieval businessmen's remarkable success in coping with this hostile new environment prepared the way for the economic expansion of the sixteenth century."... Hunt and Murray provide a very well informed and intelligent exposition of medieval business developments for the nonspecialist."--Choice"[Hunt and Murry's] basic findings are that business was driven by the demand of the elite for exotic goods, and that the lasting contribution of Medieval business was organization rather than the innovations they imported."--Reference & Research Book News"This succinct and beautifully written book is a worthy edition to the distinguished series, Cambridge Medieval Textbooks."--The Historian"... at last we have a nuanced alternative to the old orthodoxies and an eminently persuasive one which, while never underplaying the genuine problems of the late medieval economy, creates a scenario in which the early modern economic take-off makes sense."--Envoi."Hunt and Murray have done a valuable service in producing this textbook... The authors are also to be commended for their ability to transform sometimes technical business jargon into well-crafted, readable prose."--SpeculumContentsIntroductionPart I. Before the Black Death: Progress and Problems: 1. Economics, culture, and geography of early medieval trade2. Tools of trade: business organization3. Traders and their tools4. The politics of business5. Business gets bigger: the super-company phenomenonPart II. Business in the Late Middle Ages: A Harvest of Adversity: Introduction6. The new business environment of the Middle Ages7. Business responses to the new environment8. The fifteenth century: revolutionary results from old processes9. Sources of capital in the late Middle Ages10. A new age for businessConclusionsFurther reading.