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Unformatted text preview: 244-260•High Middle Ages 1000-1300 was period of recovery and growth for Western civilization due to a greater sense of security and a burst of energy and enthusiasm•This period had medieval cities facing overcrowded conditions, foul smells from rotting garbage and raw sewage and the constant threat of epidemics and fires•By 12 and 13 centuries both the urban centers and population of Europe were experiences a dramatic expansion •New forms of cultural and intellectual expression also arose in this new urban world•Although European society in High Mid Ages was agricultural the growth of trade and cities along with the development of a money economy and new commercial practices and institutions constituted a veritable commercial revolution that affected most of Europe•More food = more people•Technological changes also furthered the expansion fo agriculture due to use of ironoAlso usage of a horse instead of oxen•Usage of waterpower or wind•Crop rotationPeasant Life•Basic staple of peasant diet was bread oGrains were very important to peasants...
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- Fall '11
- Middle Ages, Medieval Cities, High Mid Ages, veritable commercial revolution