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Conclusion ‘A Million Mutinies’

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This is the conclusory chapter of the book, which attempts to sketch the genesis and longterm trajectory of institutions that for the most part arose during the high Middle Ages in Western Europe. The concept of citizenship also formed the basis for a reinterpretation of the relationship between the nation state and its inhabitants, which began in England in the middle decades of the seventeenth century, and would form the basis for the 'Atlantic Revolution' of the post-1776 period. The big wave of institutional design of the 10th-13th centuries occurred in a political vacuum resulting from the disintegration of the Carolingian empire, and more generally, the weakness of earlier, Greek-Roman traditions. The high Middle Ages were arguably the most dynamic and innovative period before 1800, when almost all parts of Western Europe went through a process of radical economic change.

Keywords: Atlantic Revolution; Carolingian empire; Middle Ages; Western Europe



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