Economic Expansion in the Byzantine Empire, 900–1200 by Alan Harvey

By Alan Harvey

During this booklet Dr. Harvey exhibits that if we develop our comprehension of feudalism, the industrial advancements of the Byzantine empire and the medieval West have been way more related than Byzantine historians were ready to confess. prior interpretations have associated fiscal developments too heavily to the political fortunes of the kingdom, and feature therefore seemed the 12th century as a interval of monetary stagnation. but there's huge proof that in this era, the empire's inhabitants improved, agricultural creation intensified, coinage in stream elevated, and cities revived. Dr. Harvey's conclusions will have an effect on all destiny interpretations of the overall process Byzantine heritage. and speak to for a reassessment of the total nature and social constitution of the Byzantine economic climate.

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6ff; Haldon and Kennedy, 'The Arab-Byzantine Frontier', pp. 8 7 - 9 7 ; M. Angold, 'The Shaping of the Medieval Byzantine "City"', Byzantinische Forschungen, 1 0 (1985), pp. 1-37. Ostrogorsky, 'Byzantine Cities', pp. 5 2 - 6 1 . The early medieval period 23 bishopric, it does not necessarily follow that its economic life continued unabated as in the late Roman period. The evidence of urban continuity extracted from Byzantine authors has also to be treated with caution. When a chronicler refers to a town as well populated, the judgement has to be set against the standards of his time, not those of the sixth century.

Haldon and H. Kennedy, ' The Arab-Byzantine Frontier in the Eighth and Ninth Centuries: Military Organisation and Society in the Borderlands', Zbornik Radova Vizantoloskog Instituta, 19 (1980), pp. 99-101. For the abandonment of the island of Skiathos, see Lemerle, Les Plus Anciens Recueils, I, p. 231, ch. 296. For the evidence from urban sites, see below, pp. 24-30. The early medieval period 19 division of land had taken place, the community had no claims to any water-mill because the land was in private ownership.

They were probably among the smaller peasant landowners in the village. Economic differentiation is apparent in the clauses relating to leaseholding. Two types of lease were regulated by the code, the hemiseia and the morte. The former involved a division of the harvest in half shares between the lessee and the lessor. The code is not specific about the terms on which the lease was granted, but it allows for some variations in the conditions according to individual agreements. The lessee probably met the expenses of cultivation and the lessor the fiscal burden.

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