MedEcDevelop

MedEcDevelop - Medieval Europe - Background Agrarian Basis...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Medieval Europe - Background Agrarian Basis Agricultural sector most important Unusual in that agrarian and rural institutions set tone unlike cities of Greek and Roman eras Political and Social Conditions 476-700 AD “Barbarian” invasions Petty-kingdoms (Franks, Lombards, Visigoths) Self-sufficient estates dominated by old nobility Mixing of Germanic and Roman cultures New invasions of 8th-9th centuries Muslims, Vikings, Magyars Feudalism “Feudalism” (perfect system doesn’t exist) Military and political relationships defined by personal loyalty and service Little to no monetary economy so no real taxation system Need military and bureaucracy so pay with land instead of fiscal revenue Land one thing there is plenty of - when conquered give it out in fiefs or grants Also issue of the church here Manorialism Also no such thing as a perfect model system Origins in late Roman Empire (remember Diocletian and the economy) Usually owned by Roman Nobility - develop into self - sufficient farms with cultivators bound to stay on the estate Becomes economic basis of Feudal system N. France, S. Low Countries, W. Germany, and Po river valley in Italy by 7th c.
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Later spreads to other parts of Europe Rural Society
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 5

MedEcDevelop - Medieval Europe - Background Agrarian Basis...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online