The Manorial Economy in Early-Modern East-Central Europe: Origins, Development and Consequences

1st Edition

Jerzy Topolski

Published November 24, 1994
Reference - 336 Pages
ISBN 9780860784630 - CAT# Y284058
Series: Variorum Collected Studies


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This book is concerned with one of the fundamental problems in the economic and social history of Europe in the early modern period, namely with the bifurcation in its development: in Western Europe, the development of capitalism; in East-Central Europe, the rise of the manorial-serf economy which hampered the development of capitalism. The main motif linking together the studies in this volume is the endeavour to explain this separation. the author evaluates the different theories explaining this, and also provides further analysis of economic life, dealing with the commercial activity, economic regression, especially in Poland.

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