Cities, Trade and the Economy

  • Banaji, J., Agrarian Change in Late Antiquity: Gold, Labor and Aristocratic Dominance (Oxford, 2001). LVL.E.
  • Brogiolo, G. P., and B. Ward-Perkins (eds), The Idea and Ideal of the Town between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Transformation of the Roman World 4 (Leiden, 2003). MBQ.
  • Christie, N., and S. T. Loseby (eds), Towns in Transition: Urban Evolution in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (Aldershot, 1996). LTC.
  • Duncan-Jones, R., 'Economic Change and the Transition to Late Antiquity', in S. Swain and M. Edwards (eds), Approaching Late Antiquity: The Transformation from Early to Late Empire (Oxford, 2004), pp. 20-52. LVL.
  • Hodges, R. C., and D. Whitehouse, Mohammed, Charlemagne and the Origins of Europe: Archaeology and the Pirenne Thesis (London, 1983). Important, but with relatively little about Gaul itself. OQH.
  • Hodges, R. C., and W. Bowden (eds), The Sixth Century: Production, Distribution and Demand, The Transformation of the Roman World 3 (Leiden and Boston, 2003). MBB.E. Contains many useful articles, including a good analysis of the theories of Henri Pirenne by Richard Hodges and an account of the Port of Marseilles by Simon Loseby.
  • Hodges, R. C., Dark Age Economics: The Origins of Towns and Trade AD 600-1000 (London, 1982), chps. 1-2. MBH.
  • Krause, J.-U., and C. Witschel (eds), Die Stadt in der Spätantike--Niedergang oder Wandel? Akten des internationalen Kolloquiums in München am 30. und 31. Mai 2003, Historia Einzelschriften 190 (Stuttgart, 2006). LVL.H. The proceedings of a recent conference about the decline or transformation of the city in late antiquity: many of the articles are in English, so do not be put off by the title.
  • Little, L. K. (ed.), Plague and the End of Antiquity: The Pandemic of 541-750 (Cambridge, 2007). HQZA3.B.
  • McCormick, M., Origins of the European Economy: Communications and Commerce, AD 300-900 (Cambridge, 2001). MBD.E.
  • Papi, E., 'A New Golden Age? The Northern Praefectura Urbi from the Severans to Diocletian', in S. Swain and M. Edwards (eds), Approaching Late Antiquity: The Transformation from Early to Late Empire (Oxford, 2004), pp. 53-81. LVL.
  • Pirenne, H., Economic and Social History of Medieval Europe, trs. I. E. Clegg (London, 1961). MBN.
  • Pirenne, H., Mohammed and Charlemagne, trs. B. Miall (London, 1939). MB.
  • Randsborg, K., The First Millennium AD in Europe and the Mediterranean: An Archaeological Essay (Cambridge, 1981). MB4.
  • Sarris, P., Economy and Society in the Age of Justinian (Cambridge, 2006). LWG.E.
  • Sarris, P., ‘The Origins of the Manorial Economy: New Insights from Late Antiquity’, English Historical Review, 119 (2004), 279-311. Journals L6. Oxford Journals Online.

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