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This chapter shows that the urbanization process in Wallachia and Moldavia does not differ greatly from similar processes in the neighbouring countries, especially the ones in Central Europe. The proximity of the Byzantium near the Danube had no bearing on urban life, since the empire saw the north-Danubian areas only as borderland, under the control of the migratory peoples. While urbanization was advancing at a rapid pace in Poland and Hungary, the population in lands south and east of the Carpathians adapted to Mongol rule, which held more sway over eastern areas, especially those between the Prut and the Dniester. The relatively improved state of sources in the 15th century allowed the creation of a reasonable picture of the economy and organization of towns. Despite being on the borders of Europe, the towns and the townspeople here were entirely a part of it.

Keywords: Carpathians; Central Europe; Danube; Moldavia; Mongol rule; Wallachia



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