Trade, Urban Hinterlands and Market Integration c.1300-1600

James A. Galloway
Institute of Historical Research
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A collection of working papers given at a conference organised by the Centre for Metropolitan History and supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), 7 July 1999

The traditional division between the medieval and early modern periods in the realm of economic and social history has been increasingly questioned in recent years. For England, research on town populations, the commercialisation of society, and urban impact upon rural hinterlands in the middle ages has led to an appreciation of the parallels as well as the contrasts between the two periods, while new stress has been placed upon continuities in the country's marketing infrastructure.

The essays in this volume arise from a conference held in July 1999. They make a major contribution to the debate on continuity versus transformation in the period c.1300-1600 and present important new evidence on market integration and the structure of local and regional economies in the past. They consider the ways in which towns promoted change in the countryside - largely through economic influence in the case of London and other English towns, through a combination of economic and political domination in the German case-studies of Cologne and Nuremberg - and assess urban impact upon the organisation and stability of regional grain markets.

This volume will be required reading for all those interested in long-term economic change, in the influence of institutions upon the development of the market, and in the economic and political leadership of cities in later medieval and early modern Europe.

Contents: 'Urban demand in the English economy, 1300-1600' (Richard Britnell); 'One market or many? London and the grain trade of England' (James A. Galloway); 'Environs and hinterland: Cologne and Nuremberg in the later middle ages' (Herbert Eiden and Franz Irsigler); 'Changes in London's economic hinterland as indicated by debt cases in the Court of Common Pleas' (Derek Keene); 'Norwich, London, and the regional integration of Norfolk's economy in the first half of the fourteenth century' (Pamela Nightingale); 'Trade, urban hinterlands and market integration, 1300-1600: a summing up' (Christopher Dyer)

'...a high standard of scholarship has been maintained throughout and the production qualities of the volume are excellent...the volume provides a valuable opportunity for examining the very latest findings and approaches in this important field. Since the contributors are all experienced and innovative economic historians, it is no surprise that the collection is packed with novel insights and data' — Urban History Newsletter


Published by the Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research
ISBN 1 871348 55 2; paperback; 248 x 172 mm; x, 110pp.

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The papers presented here were originally published by the Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London as Trade, Urban Hinterlands and Market Integration c.1300-1600, ed. James A. Galloway (Centre for Metropolitan History, Working Papers Series, No. 3; London: 2000) ISBN 1 871348 55 2. No changes have been made to the original text; pagination is identical to the printed edition and so should be cited as such.

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Published: May 2000 ISBN: 1 871348 55 2