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Jenner, M., Rosser, G. and Luckin, B. (2000) Review of periodical articles. Urban History. pp. 110-135. ISSN 0963-9268

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One of the attractions of medieval urban history is the fact that major conceptual problems in the field continue to be debated. In a stimulating review article by J.H. Mundy, ’Philip Jones and the medieval Italian city-state‘, J. of European Economic History, 28 (1999), 185–200, one distinguished scholar is taxed for holding views now dismissed by some, but of which he is by no means a unique surviving representative. One of these views assumes a clear distinction between the antique city, supposedly a bureaucratic centre with limited economic functions, and the medieval city, as the home of industrious artisans and nascent capitalism. The image of the non-profit-making ancient town may be overly indebted to the nature of the literary sources and to the prevalent interests of classicists; but, although many would now agree that both the elements in the above equation need qualifying, a more focused comparison is presently lacking, and a fine book is still waiting to be written on the transition from the ancient world to the middle ages in urban history.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2000 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > History (York)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2016 23:35
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0963926800000171
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1551

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