Millenium

On the great intermediary period (400-1000)

Michael McCormick is a giant historian about this period. His introduction to his magnum opus Origins of the European Economy is here. This is not required reading, but if you have time, read it. Each paragraph exudes his energy and enthusiasm and his style of writing fits well with his oral presentations. He is very prolific, works with dozens of people is large projects that are generating fascinating information on this period. I think however that-sometimes-he may be overtaken by his enthusiasm.

  • For an overview of this type of research:  here.
  • On the recovery of the monetary economy in the 7th century. Work that is deep (in more than one sense...). "Alpine ice-core evidence for the transformation of the European monetary system, AD 640–670," Antiquity.

AN OVERALL VIEW OF STATE FORMATION IN EUROPE 1000-1900

  • Elias, Norbert (1939). On the civilizing process, 335-345 required.

p. 346-345 are less clear, at least for an economist and with your training. You may browse. 

SLIDES OF LECTURE 3

This is the material that was actually presented on February 11. (I have omitted some slides that were distributed and not used in the lecture).

Northern Spain and representation in the 12th century

Required (13 pages):

  • The travel through Northern Spain (1779) by John Adams (from Mc Cullough's celebrated biography of John Adams), p. 228-231.
  • Letter by John Adams about  that travel: text.
  • Fueros, article from Medieval Iberia: an Encyclopedia.
  • Cortes, article from Medieval Iberia: an Encyclopedia.

More later.

Other readings

  • Engerman, Stanley L. and Kenneth L. Sokoloff (2005). "The Evolution of Suffrage Institutions in the New World," Hoover Institution, (for this course, p. 75-95).