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Economic And Political Divisions In Medieval And Early Modern Europe

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As a result of Wallerstein's theses, with which author concur only in part, the problems of the economic and political division of Europe from the early Middle Ages through the so-called long 16th century are again the subject of widespread interest. In examining these factors, author inclined to indicate three main areas. The most developed area would embrace Byzantium, the territory along the western shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and particularly Italy and Muslim Spain. A part of the Netherlands and Lorraine, northern France, the Rhineland, and the British Isles made up the second, less developed, area. Third, least developed, area comprised east-central Europe and Scandinavia. The particular areas differed precisely in population density, in the standard of agriculture, and in their social, political, and cultural development. The author emphasises that the period was decisive as marking the point of departure for the further development of each of those areas.

Keywords: economic division; European countries; political division



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