Production and Consumption in the Low Countries, 13th–16th Centuries

1st Edition

Raymond van Uytven

Routledge
Published December 12, 2001
Reference - 368 Pages
ISBN 9780860788522 - CAT# Y284266
Series: Variorum Collected Studies

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Summary

The subject of this volume is the relationship between production and consumption, considered not only as the supply and demand sides of economic life, but within the broader context of the societies of the Low Countries between the 12th and the 16th centuries. Amongst the topics covered are the reality of the so-called 'late medieval depression', comparisons between the great merchant cities of Bruges and Antwerp, and the actual importance of the trade in art and luxury goods. One group of articles then looks in detail at the cloth industry, which remained the mainstay of the region's wealth, and the effects upon it of changes in technology and in fashion, while the volume concludes with two studies specially translated from Dutch, on wine and beer consumption.

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