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Peter Spufford

Bio: Peter Spufford is an academic researcher from Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The author has contributed to research in topics: Commercial Revolution & Trade barrier. The author has an hindex of 9, co-authored 10 publications receiving 953 citations.

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TL;DR: A full-scale study of the history of money, not merely of coinage, to have been written for medieval Europe can be found in this article, where a detailed picture of the many and changing roles played by money in all its forms, in all parts of Europe throughout the Middle Ages.
Abstract: This is a full-scale study of the history of money, not merely of coinage, to have been written for medieval Europe. The book is not limited to one country, or to any one period or theme, but extracts the most important elements for the historian across the broadest possible canvas. Its scope extends from the mining of precious metals on the one hand, to banking, including the use of cheques and bills of exchange, on the other. Chapters are arranged chronologically, rather than regionally or thematically, and offer a detailed picture of the many and changing roles played by money, in all its forms, in all parts of Europe throughout the Middle Ages. Thus money is seen as having differing values for differing parts of individual societies. The book shows money moving and changing as a result of war and trade and other political, economic and ecclesiastical activities without regard for national barriers or the supposed separation between 'East' and 'West'.

295 citations

Book
01 Jan 1988
TL;DR: In this paper, the authors discuss the role of money in the commercial revolution of the thirteenth century and the early modern period of money and its role in the price revolution.
Abstract: List of maps List of tables List of graphs Acknowledgements Introduction Part I. Before the Commercial Revolution: 1. Roman-Barbarian discontinuity 2. The appearance of the denier and the revival of trade 3. 'Feudal' deniers and 'Viking' dirhams 4. Saxon silver and the expansion of minting Part II. The Commercial Revolution of the Thirteenth Century: 5. New silver c.1160-c.1330 6. The balance of payments and the movement of silver 7. European silver and African gold 8. New mints 9. Ingots of silver 10. New money 11. The place of money in the commercial revolution of the thirteenth century Part III. The Late Middle Ages: 12. The victory of gold 13. The scourge of debasement 14. The money of Europe around 1400 15. The bullion-famines of the Late Middle Ages 16. Money on the eve of the price revolution Conclusion Appendices Coin index General index.

256 citations

Book
01 Jan 1986
TL;DR: Fryde, E.B., Greenway, D.E., Porter, S. and Roy, I. as mentioned in this paper, Handbook of British Spufford, P. ed., Handbook of Medieval Exchange.
Abstract: Worldbuilding Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for writers/artists using Adding a single, large book called the Machinery's Handbook to the library of blacksmiths and Disease was one of the biggest killers in medieval times. Fryde, E.B., Greenway, D.E., Porter, S. and Roy, I. eds., Handbook of British Spufford, P. ed., Handbook of Medieval Exchange, Royal Historical Society Guides. Medieval and Modern Languages (study exchanges and traineeships), Law with Please see our Erasmus Exchange Partners for a full list of all current Bilateral please see the Erasmus Outgoing Student Handbook for more information.

135 citations

Book
01 Apr 2003
TL;DR: In this paper, the transformation of trade from court to counting house is discussed. But the authors focus on the role of the court and consumers in the process of trade, and not on the consumers themselves.
Abstract: 1. The Transformation of Trade 2. Courts and Consumers 3. From Court to Counting House 4. Helps and Hindrances to Trade 5. Trade in Manufactured Goods 6. Trade in Foodstuffs, Raw Materials and Slaves 7. Imbalances in Trade 8. Conclusion

123 citations


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TL;DR: In this article, the authors investigate the relationship between patenting activity and the population size of metropolitan areas in the United States over the last two decades (1980-2001) and find a clear superlinear effect whereby new patents are granted disproportionately in larger urban centers, thus showing increasing returns in inventing activity with respect to population size.

357 citations

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TL;DR: A full-scale study of the history of money, not merely of coinage, to have been written for medieval Europe can be found in this article, where a detailed picture of the many and changing roles played by money in all its forms, in all parts of Europe throughout the Middle Ages.
Abstract: This is a full-scale study of the history of money, not merely of coinage, to have been written for medieval Europe. The book is not limited to one country, or to any one period or theme, but extracts the most important elements for the historian across the broadest possible canvas. Its scope extends from the mining of precious metals on the one hand, to banking, including the use of cheques and bills of exchange, on the other. Chapters are arranged chronologically, rather than regionally or thematically, and offer a detailed picture of the many and changing roles played by money, in all its forms, in all parts of Europe throughout the Middle Ages. Thus money is seen as having differing values for differing parts of individual societies. The book shows money moving and changing as a result of war and trade and other political, economic and ecclesiastical activities without regard for national barriers or the supposed separation between 'East' and 'West'.

295 citations

Book
25 Apr 1991
TL;DR: In this paper, the authors present a survey of the history of viticulture in the early Middle Ages and the 20th century, focusing on the role of capital in the development of the wine industry.
Abstract: List of Figures List of Tables Preface Acknowledgements 1. Themes in the Historical Geography of Viticulture 2. Viticulture and Vinification 3. The Origins of Viticulture Symbols and Mysteries 4. Wine in the Graeco-Roman Economy 5. Viticulture and Wine in the Early Middle Ages 6. Medieval Viticulture and the Wine Trade 7. Wine in the Age of Discovery 8. Capital in the Sphere of Production 9. Crises and Expansion: The Restructuring of Viticulture in the 19th Century 10. The Dominance of Capital in the 20th Century: Demarcation, Sectoral Integration and the Creation of Fashion Conclusion Appendix: Historic Wine Measures Bibliography

262 citations

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TL;DR: In this article, the fundamental characteristics of money as a measure of value and acceptable means of payment are discussed. But the methodological assumptions of these approaches cannot account for the fundamental characteristic of money.
Abstract: Money continues to present theoretical and conceptual difficulties for mainstream neoclassical micro- and macroeconomics. In most treatments it is “neutral,” as either: a symbolic “veil” over an underlying “real” economy; a special “commodity” with utility for the rational maximizing individual; or as part of a model of aggregate economic “variables.” The methodological assumptions of these approaches cannot account for the fundamental characteristics of money as a measure of value and acceptable means of payment. Many of these diffculties are resolved if money is conceptualized as a structure of social relations.

224 citations