Their Origins and the Revival of Trade
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Medieval Cities by Henri Pirenne
Book DescriptionHenri Pirenne is best known for his provocative argument - known as the "Pirenne thesis" and familiar to all students of medieval Europe - that it was not the invasion of the Germanic tribes that destroyed the civilization of antiquity, but rather the closing of Mediterranean trade by Arab conquest in the seventh century. The consequent interruption of long distance commerce accelerated the decline of the ancient cities of Europe. Pirenne first formulated his thesis in articles and then expanded on them in "Medieval Cities".In the book Pirenne traces the growth of the medieval city from the tenth century to the twelfth, challenging conventional wisdom by attributing the origins of medieval cities to the revival of trade. In addition, Pirenne describes the clear role the middle class played in the development of the modern economic system and modern culture. The "Pirenne thesis" was fully worked out in the book Mohammed and Charlemagne, which appeared shortly after Pirenne's death. Pirenne was one of the world's leading historians and arguably the most famous Belgium had produced. During World War I, while teaching at the University of Ghent, he was arrested for supporting Belgium's passive resistance and deported to Germany, where he was held from 1916 to 1918. In 1922, universities in various parts of the United States invited him to deliver lectures: out of these lectures grew "Medieval Cities", which appeared in English translation before being published in French in 1927.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691007601
(210mm x 140mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1969
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Henri Pirenne
Medieval Cities, Paperback (June 2014)
Nearly a century after it was first published in 1925, Medieval Cities remains one of the most provocative works of medieval history ever written. This book argues that it was not the invasion of the Germanic tribes that destroyed the civilization of antiquity, but rather the closing of Mediterranean trade by Arab conquest in the seventh century.
Economic and Social History of Medieval Europe, Paperback (February 2014)
First published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
History of Europe, Paperback (March 2011)» View all books by Henri Pirenne
This is a reissue of Henri Pirenne's extremely popular and influential history of Europe in the Middle Ages. It begins with the Barbarian and Musulman invasions in the 5th century AD, which signalled the end of the Roman world in the West, and ends in the middle of the 16th century with the Renaissance and the Reformation.
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