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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 138: Medieval Economy and Society

Monday 6 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:N. W. Posthumus Institute, Universiteit Leiden
Organiser:Jaco Zuijderduijn, Institute for History, Universiteit Leiden
Moderator/Chair:Jaco Zuijderduijn, Institute for History, Universiteit Leiden
Paper 138-aDemographic Shocks, Labour Institutions, and Wage Divergence in Premodern Europe
(Language: English)
Mattia Fochesato, Département d'Economie, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
Index terms: Demography, Economics - General
Paper 138-bEconomic Responses to Environmental Crises: Louis II in Dauphiné, 1447-1456
(Language: English)
Guy Lurie, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa
Index terms: Economics - General, Economics - Rural
Paper 138-cBreaking the Piggy Bank: What Can Historical and Archaeological Sources Tell Us about Late-Medieval Saving Behaviour?
(Language: English)
Jaco Zuijderduijn, Institute for History, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Economics - General, Numismatics, Social History

The Middle Ages are widely regarded as the starting point for crucial social and economic developments in European history. Students of urbanization and the rise of capitalism, consumption and fashion, marriage patterns and individualization, and many other topics, look to the medieval period to explain fundamental changes leading to the 'Rise of the West'. However, reading their work also makes clear the Middle Ages are not always well-understood, so medievalists can make a valuable contribution by going in debate with social scientists. This session is open to participants who do precisely this: contrasting medieval socioeconomic research to widely held assumptions about the development of medieval society.