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Modelling the Middle AgesThe History and Theory of England's Economic Development$
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John Hatcher and Mark Bailey

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244119

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244119.001.0001

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Methods and Models

Methods and Models

(p.1) 1 Methods and Models
Modelling the Middle Ages

John Hatcher

Mark Bailey

Oxford University Press

This chapter sketches how and why historians and social scientists have constructed and adopted grand supermodels in their quest to describe and explain economic and social development. Although relatively few historians have chosen to limit their writings wholly within the walls of strict theoretical models, more of them use the concepts that underpin them to assist in the tasks of sorting and interpreting evidence and formulating explanations of particular and short-term events and processes as well as general and long-term ones. It is in these and in many other ways that the conflicting tenets of the three leading models, derived in turn from the theories and concepts of Thomas Malthus, Karl Marx, and Adam Smith, continue to influence the ways in which people regard the medieval centuries.

Keywords:   historians, social scientists, Middle Ages, Thomas Malthus, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, theoretical models, economic development, social development

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