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Modelling the Middle Ages: The History and Theory of England's Economic Development

John Hatcher and Mark Bailey


Most of what has been written on the economy of the Middle Ages is deeply influenced by abstract concepts and theories. The most powerful and popular of these guiding beliefs are derived from intellectual foundations laid down in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by Adam Smith, Johan von Thünen, Thomas Malthus, David Ricardo, and Karl Marx. In the hands of twentieth-century historians and social scientists these venerable ideas have been moulded into three grand explanatory ideas that continue to dominate interpretations of economic development. These trumpet in turn the claims of ‘comme ... More

Keywords: Middle Ages, economic history, Adam Smith, Johan von Thünen, Thomas Malthus, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, economic development, commercialisation, class power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199244119
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244119.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Hatcher, author
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Mark Bailey, author