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Framing the Carolingian economy

Innes, Matthew (2009) Framing the Carolingian economy. Journal of Agrarian Change 9 (1), pp. 42-58. ISSN 1471-0358.

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This essay argues that the degree of commercialization on Carolingian great estates should not be overstated. Rather, the strategies and ambitions of Carolingian estate managers were primarily determined by a 'domainal' ideology and concerns for good stewardship. Moreover, the structural demands of the Carolingian state may have played a rather more important role in framing economic conditions than is commonly supposed. Here Carolingianists need to learn some of the lessons that have helped to transform the writing of ancient economic history in recent decades.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Carolingians, estate organization, manorial economy
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2010 14:50
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 12:00

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