The subject of this volume is the relationship between production and consumption, considered not only as the supply and demand sides of economic life, but within the broader context of the societies of the Low Countries between the 12th and the 16th centuries. Amongst the topics covered are the reality of the so-called 'late medieval depression', comparisons between the great merchant cities of Bruges and Antwerp, and the actual importance of the trade in art and luxury goods. One group of articles then looks in detail at the cloth industry, which remained the mainstay of the region's wealth, and the effects upon it of changes in technology and in fashion, while the volume concludes with two studies specially translated from Dutch, on wine and beer consumption.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; What is new socially and economically in the 16th-century Netherlands?; La Flandre et le Brabant: ’terres de promission’ sous les ducs de Bourgogne?; La conjoncture commerciale et industrielle aux Pays-Bas bourguignons: une récapitulation; Splendour or wealth: art and economy in the Burgundian Netherlands; Stages of economic decline: late medieval Bruges; Scènes de la vie sociale dans les villes des Pays-Bas du XIVe au XVIe siècle; Technique, productivité et production au Moyen-Ã‚ge: le cas de la draperie urbaine aux Pays-Bas; La draperie brabanÃ§onne et malinoise du XIIe au XVIIe siècle: grandeur éphémère et décadence; The fulling mill: dynamic of the revolution in industrial attitudes; Cloth in medieval literature of Western Europe; L’approvisionnement des villes des anciens Pays-Bas au Moyen Ã‚ge; Beer consumption and the socio-economic situation in the Franc of Bruges in the 16th century; The consumption of domestic and foreign wines in Brabant in the 16th century; Index.
'... will arouse new interest in research and/or in the debate about one of the most important phases in the origin of the Low Countries' economic and social growth.' The Journal of European Economic History 'The essays are all excellent examples of solid scholarship. Those interested in the social and economic history of early modern Europe and unfamiliar with the work of Raymond van Uyten should make it a point to read these essays.' Sixteenth Century Journal