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Medieval Cities:
Their Origins and the Revival of Trade
Updated edition
Henri Pirenne
With a new introduction by Michael McCormick

Paperback | 2014 | $17.95 / £12.50 | ISBN: 9780691162393
208 pp. | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
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Nearly a century after it was first published in 1925, Medieval Cities remains one of the most provocative works of medieval history ever written. Here, Henri Pirenne argues that it was not the invasion of the Germanic tribes that destroyed the civilization of antiquity, but rather the closing of Mediterranean trade by Arab conquest in the seventh century. The consequent interruption of long-distance commerce accelerated the decline of the ancient cities of Europe. Pirenne challenges conventional wisdom by attributing the origins of medieval cities to the revival of trade, tracing their growth from the tenth century to the twelfth. He also describes the important role the middle class played in the development of the modern economic system and modern culture.

Featuring a new introduction by Michael McCormick, this Princeton Classics edition of Medieval Cities is essential reading for all students of medieval European history.

Henri Pirenne (1862–1935) was professor emeritus at Ghent University and one of the world’s leading historians. His books include Mohammed and Charlemagne and Economic and Social History of Medieval Europe. Michael McCormick is the Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History at Harvard University.

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Praise for the previous edition: "An indispensable complement to the confusing history of the Carolingian period and early days of European civic development. . . . In short, it is one of the best sort of contributions to historical writing--those which combine simplicity with erudition and imagination with accuracy."--New Statesman (London)

Table of Contents:

Introduction by Michael McCormick ix
Translator's Foreword xxxiii
Preface xxxv
Chapter I. The Mediterranean 1
Chapter II. The Ninth Century 16
Chapter III. City Origins 35
Chapter IV. The Revival of Commerce 49
Chapter V. The Merchant Class 68
Chapter VI. The Middle Class 84
Chapter VII. Municipal Institutions 109
Chapter VIII. Cities and European Civilization 138
Bibliography 153
Index 157

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