IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1005: Towards Market Integration: Central Concepts in Pre-Modern Economic History

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Emil Skaarup, Saxo-Instituttet, Københavns Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Angela Huang, Forschungsstelle für die Geschichte der Hanse und des Ostseeraums, Lübeck
Paper 1005-aProspect Theory and Subsistence Economies
(Language: English)
Emil Skaarup, Saxo-Instituttet, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Anthropology, Economics - Rural, Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities
Paper 1005-bDifferent Conceptions of the Meaning of the Word 'Capitalism' in Economic History
(Language: English)
Nicolai Bagger, Saxo-Instituttet, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Economics - General, Economics - Trade, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Political Thought
Paper 1005-cSpecialisation and Modes of Production in Medieval Northern Europe: A Study of Beer Production
(Language: English)
Johanne Steensgaard, Saxo-Instituttet, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Trade, Historiography - Medieval, Technology

We still have precious little understanding of how pre-modern societies and economies worked. In the light of incomplete yet complex evidence, models and theories help make sense of the many isolated observations the sources allow us. The three papers of this session will refine our understanding of the dynamics of late medieval and early modern market exchange by looking into specialization within medieval beer production, behavioral economics within peasant societies and different interpretations of what constitutes capitalistic practices. The papers each present different reasons for the transition from subsistence-oriented economies towards market economies.