This study presents detailed information on the book production per century and on the uses of medieval manuscripts in eleven areas of the Latin West. Based on a sample from an extensive library and on additional information the numbers of manuscripts surviving from the period 500 – 1500 have been assessed statistically. Other data have been used to quantify the loss rates of such books in the Latin West. Combining both sets of data allowed the estimation of the medieval production rates of manuscripts. Book production during the Middle Ages can be seen as a century-average indicator of local economic output. With a number of explanatory variables (monasteries, universities) the medieval book production in the Latin West can be adequately explained.
Medieval Manuscript Production in the Latin West
Edited by Maarten Prak, Utrecht University, and Jan Luiten van Zanden, Utrecht University
Technology, Skills and the Pre-Modern Economy investigates, through regional studies and paired comparisons, how technological skills and knowledge were reproduced and disseminated in the advanced agrarian societies of China, India, Russia and Europe in the centuries before the Industrial ...
Edited by Christopher Lloyd, Universities of New England and Helsinki University, Jacob Metzer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Richard Sutch, University of California Riverside, and National Bureau of Economic Research
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Edited by Richard W. Unger
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Edited by Giorgio Riello, University of Warwick and Tirthankar Roy, London School of Economics
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Employing comparative and quantitative historical methods Frankema explores long run trends of asset and income distribution in Latin America, arguing that there is little reason to regard the yawning gap between rich and poor as the persistent result of a colonial heritage.
This study uncovers the institutional framework of markets for 'renten', which allowed large segments of the public and private sectors in late medieval Holland to accumulate capital, and thus functioned as capital markets that enabled economic development.
Jan Luiten van Zanden
‘The Long Road to the Industrial Revolution’ offers a new explanation of the origins of the industrial revolution in Western Europe by placing development in Europe within a global perspective. It focuses on its specific institutional and demographic development since the late Middle Ages, and ...
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