Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Expansion of Latin Europe, 1000-1500, II: Internal Colonization in Medieval Europe

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Expansion of Latin Europe, 1000-1500, II: Internal Colonization in Medieval Europe

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The Expansion of Latin Europe, 1000-1500, II: Internal Colonization in Medieval Europe, ed. Felipe Fernández- Armesto and James Muldoon (Farnham: Ashgate-Variorum, 2008). xxiv + 385 pp. ISBN 978-0-7546-5972-3. £80.00. This series is intended as a prologue to the ongoing series Expanding World: The European Impact on World History 1450-1800. The focus is the origins in the medieval period of the motives, practices, and tools typical of modern European expansion, and the introductory volume in the series treated the expansion of European society and the spread of Latin Christendom from the perspective of frontier experience. This volume reprints fifteen essays by eminent historians originally published elsewhere and comprises four parts. The first, 'The matrix: mentality and demography', includes essays on Latin Europe (Karl Leyser), growth of population in the West from the eleventh to thirteenth centuries (Leopold Génicot), 'feudal' economy and capitalism (Jacques Heers), and cultural climates and technological advances (Lynn White, Jr). …

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