Why Europe? : The Medieval Origins of Its Special Path
By: Mitterauer, Michael.
Contributor(s): Chapple, Gerald.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (432 p.).ISBN: 9780226532387.Subject(s): Civilization, Medieval | Electronic books. -- local | Europe -- Civilization | Europe -- History -- 476-1492 | European federation -- HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Why Europe? : The Medieval Origins of Its Special PathDDC classification: 940.1 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents -- Translator's Note -- Preface to the English Edition -- Introduction to the First Edition -- 1. Rye and Oats: The Agrarian Revolution of the Early Middle Ages -- 2. Manor and Hide: The Manorial Roots of European Social Structures -- 3. The Conjugal Family and Bilateral Kinship: Social Flexibility through Looser Ties of Descent -- 4. The Feudal System and the Estates: A Special Path of Feudalism -- 5. The Papal Church and Universal Religious Orders: Western Christendom as a Highly Organized Religious Community
6. The Crusades and Protocolonialism: The Roots of European Expansionism -- 7. Preaching and Printing: Early Modes of Mass Communication -- Conclusion: "Through what concatenation of circumstances . . . ?" Interacting Determinants of Europe's Special Path -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Why did capitalism and colonialism arise in Europe and not elsewhere? Why were parliamentarian and democratic forms of government founded there? What factors led to Europe's unique position in shaping the world? Thoroughly researched and persuasively argued, Why Europe? tackles these classic questions with illuminating results. Michael Mitterauer traces the roots of Europe's singularity to the medieval era, specifically to developments in agriculture. While most historians have located the beginning of Europe's special path in the rise of state power in the modern era, Mitterauer establishes i
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