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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Every class, however, played a pivotal role in the strengthening of Europe after the Dark Ages. It surely does not appear to have been opened since.

He doesn’t cite most of his sources, there’s often a lack of specific examples, and some explanations he offers remain pretty debatable. I hope nobody nowadays is assigned to read it. As the old trade routes were opened up again, European economic activity too revived. The Towns as Economic Centres.

Sep 09, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: I hear you say – no, I’m lax here to discuss the Sartres, Foucaults, Derridas and Kristevas of the World, but hebri other great intellectual gift to us from France – the French historians of the 20th Century – Bloch, Le Roy Ladurie, and cuidades author discussed here, Pirenne although Pirenne was actually Belgian.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This trade would bring about an increase in wealth and a decrease in slave raiding allowing the European ecoonomy to support the growing cities, creating a self-perpetuating economic growth and the cities further developed trade and wealth.


He becomes a little too vehement against other authors about mid way through, and this makes the read a little painful. This bare-bones translation gives little insight into Pirenne’s style, and is a little dry, but is serviceable. Eventually, these new merchants settled in places at the junctions of their trade routes.

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Protectionism, Capitalism and Mercantilism Pirenne tries to balance both the role of the Church and Capitalism if you want to know his bias, I can’t tell from the book, they are like the brake and accelerator of the Medieval economy, one protecting the weak, the other rising the general standard of living and neither are above his often humouristic reproach: Commerce to the End medievaled the Thirteenth Century I. Anyone who wants to learn more about Medieval times.

He would not have been able to compress this extended history into pages of a A delightful little book. And more importantly, it’s fun to read.

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Too many people meant that peasants could not stay on their historical plots – leading some to move to other parts, farming reclaimed land not as serfs, but as free tenant farmers, while others took to trade as a way to make a living. Henri Pirenne is a great historian and a great writer. It would help the reader if they are already familiar with the some of the history betweenas the people and places mentioned are not elaborated on.


Too many people meant that peasants could not stay on their historical plots – leading some to move to other parts, farming reclaimed land not as serfs, but as free tenant farmers, while others took to trade as a way to make a living.

For protection, these “ports” were surrounded by rudimentary walls and defenses. 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.

Las ciudades de la Edad Media

The Ciudaees as Economic Centres. Without that access Europe shriveled. In his defense it must be admitted that Pirenne wrote this book as a compilation of his lectures, as stated in the preface, which may explain the lack of extensive references.

It should be noted though that this book, despite the claim to Medieval European history, only briefly hwnri the Byzantine Empire and only mentions it in relation to the Western Carolingian Empire.

Refresh and try again. In Medieval Cities, published inhe argues that medieval urban development grew out of regional fortresses.

Catastrophies and Social Disturbances II.