21H.134 Medieval Economic History in Comparative Perspective


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Surveys the conditions of material life and changing social and economic relations in medieval Europe using the comparative context of contemporary Islamic, Chinese, and Japanese experiences. Covers the emergence and decline of feudal institutions, the transformation of peasant agriculture, living standards and the course of epidemic disease, and the ebb and flow of long-distance trade across the Eurasian system. Particular emphasis placed on the study of those factors, both institutional and technological, which contributed to the emergence of capitalist organization and economic growth in western Europe in contrast to the trajectories followed by the other major medieval economies.

This class has no prerequisites.

21H.134 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Fall semester, and will be instructed by S. Bobrycki.

Lecture occurs 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM on Tuesdays in 66-154.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS S. This class counts as a CI-H.

You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Medieval Economic History in Comparative Perspective site or on the 21H.134 Stellar site.

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