Barcelona and its Rulers, 1096-1291 by Stephen P. Bensch PDF

By Stephen P. Bensch

ISBN-10: 0511003315

ISBN-13: 9780511003318

ISBN-10: 0521435110

ISBN-13: 9780521435116

In accordance with broad archival study, this quantity examines the early progress of Barcelona on the way to comprehend the motives of the eu monetary take-off. the town didn't initially develop due to out of the country exchange yet as a result of market-oriented agriculture and tribute from Islamic Spain. in basic terms after a tough adjustment did town advance the economic foundations that may later make certain its prosperity. Barcelona's patriciate rose to prominence through the moment level of development, additionally a interval ruled by way of a fight for strength in Catalonia. the following, the kinfolk constitution of the patriciate gets shut exam, and usually the quantity demanding situations many conventional assumptions concerning the nature of Mediterranean cities.

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3 The stimulus to Mediterranean studies provided by Fernand Braudel, S. D. 4 The larger the city, the greater the need to keep abreast of its competitors. Braudel’s sixteenth-century Mediterranean in particular is a tightly bound, 3 Adolf Schaube, Handelsgeschichte der romanischen Völker (Munich and Berlin, 1906); Wilhelm von Heyd, Histoire du commerce du Levant au moyen-âge, trans. F. Raynaud, 2 vols. (Leipzig, 1885–86). 4 Fernand Braudel, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean world in the age of Philip II, trans.

Auto-reproduction provides the key to autonomy. Barel argues that towns did not emerge in opposition to a seigniorial, agrarian regime, but as its by-products. ’’ Even though the urban population began to increase and its economic activities diversified, the internal organization of the community depended ultimately on external forces beyond its control; the basic structures of urban life were therefore reproduced over time by the feudal system rather than by the power of the burghers themselves.

Like many twelfth-century debtors, I have drawn on human and material resources that will be difficult to repay fully in a lifetime. A Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship provided the opportunity to spend an initial year of research in Barcelona, and stipends from a University of California Humanities Graduate Research Grant, the Committee for Faculty Research at Swarthmore College, and the National Endowment for the Humanities allowed my investigations to go forward. The materials collected were first worked into a dissertation submitted to the University of California, Berkeley thanks to the support of a Mabelle McLeod Lewis Fellowship, and a Mellon Faculty Fellowship at Harvard University provided the intellectual companionship and the splendid resources of Widener Library that helped transform the dissertation into a book.

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