Power and Profit
The Merchant in Medieval Europe
By (author) Peter Spufford
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Power and Profit by Peter Spufford
Book DescriptionThe years between 1200 and 1500 saw the economy of Europe transformed from being rural, feudal and localized to being urban, capitalist and expansionist. Professor Spufford, who has made a lifelong study of these changes, here brings together a vast amount of material from archives all over the world - letters, account books, legal documents, civil records - to build up a comprehensive general picture. He has also personally travelled many of the roads, rivers and mountain passes that were the arteries of medieval trade, bringing the whole subject to vivid life. The eight chapters of the book cover the financial revolutions of the 13th century that led to the rise of modern banking, borrowing and insurance; the market in luxuries and the role of the great courts; international fairs; trade routes and the hazards of transport; raw materials; manufactured goods; the wealth of cities and nations; and the balance of trade between countries.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780500251188
(254mm x 178mm x 38mm)
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter Spufford
Power and Profit, Paperback (January 2006)
Brings together archives from all over the world to build up this economic history of the origins of capitalism. This is an account of the role of merchants and money in the medieval world.
Money and Its Use in Medieval Europe, Paperback (September 1989)» View all books by Peter Spufford
This is a full-scale study that explores every aspect of money in Europe and the Middle Ages.
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Author Biography - Peter Spufford
Peter Spufford is Professor of European History, University of Cambridge, and the author of definitive studies of money in the Middle Ages.
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