Agrarian Change in Late Antiquity: Gold, Labour, and by Jairus Banaji

By Jairus Banaji

The economic climate of the past due vintage Mediterranean continues to be mostly obvious in the course of the prism of Weber's influential essay of 1896. Rejecting that orthodoxy, Jairus Banaji argues that the overdue empire observed tremendous monetary and social switch, propelled by way of the robust stimulus of a sturdy gold coinage that circulated commonly. In successive chapters Banaji adduces clean proof for the prosperity of the overdue Roman nation-state, the increasing circulate of gold, the restructuring of agrarian élites, and the vast use of paid labour, peculiarly within the interval spanning the 5th to 7th centuries. The papyrological proof is scrutinized intimately to teach key improvement entailed the increase of a brand new aristocracy whose estates have been resistant to the devastating fragmentation of partible inheritance, greatly irrigated, and attentive to marketplace possibilities. A concluding bankruptcy defines the extra basic factor raised through the aristocracy's involvement within the financial and enterprise economic climate of the interval.

Exploiting quite a lot of resources, Agrarian switch in overdue Antiquity weaves jointly diverse strands of historiography (Weber, Mickwitz, papyrology, agrarian background) right into a attention-grabbing interpretation that demanding situations the minimalist orthodoxies approximately overdue antiquity and the traditional economic climate extra generally.

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De Goeje (Leiden, 1866) 91 = Description de l’Afrique et de l’Espagne par Edrîsî. Texte arabe publiée pour la première fois . . avec une traduction, des notes et un glossaire, tr. R. Dozy and M. J. de Goeje (Leiden, 1866) 106–7. Qal< a (of the Beni Hammâd) lay further south, in the Hodna region, cf. 25 (Msila), 92. Idrîsî describes it as ‘adossée à une grande montagne qui la domine et qui est entourée de tous côtés par les murailles de la ville’ (p. 107). The site is described in Playfair, Handbook for Travellers in Algeria and Tunis, 251.

Ch. 7, n. 5. 58 J. Jacques-Meunié, Greniers citadelles au Maroc, 2 vols. (Paris, 1951), with excellent photographs. 59 Al-Idrîsî, Kitâb nuzhat al-mu√tâq fi’ikhtirâq al-âfâq, ed. R. Dozy and M. J. De Goeje (Leiden, 1866) 91 = Description de l’Afrique et de l’Espagne par Edrîsî. Texte arabe publiée pour la première fois . . avec une traduction, des notes et un glossaire, tr. R. Dozy and M. J. de Goeje (Leiden, 1866) 106–7. Qal< a (of the Beni Hammâd) lay further south, in the Hodna region, cf. 25 (Msila), 92.

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