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Medieval Cities: Their Origins and the Revival of Trade

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Henri Pirenne is best known for his provocative argument--known as the "Pirenne thesis" and familiar to all students of medieval Europe--that it was not the invasion of the Germanic tribes that destroyed the civilization of antiquity, but rather the closing of Mediterranean trade by Arab conquest in the seventh century. The consequent interruption of long distance commerce accelerated the decline of the ancient cities of Europe. Pirenne first formulated his thesis in articles and then expanded on them in Medieval Cities. In ...

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Medieval Cities: Their Origins and the Revival of Trade
1969, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691007601

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Medieval Cities: Their Origins and the Revival of Trade
1944, Princeton University Press

ISBN-13: 9780691051765

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