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The Resource The great famine : northern Europe in the early fourteenth century, William Chester Jordan

The great famine : northern Europe in the early fourteenth century, William Chester Jordan

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The great famine : northern Europe in the early fourteenth century
Title
The great famine
Title remainder
northern Europe in the early fourteenth century
Statement of responsibility
William Chester Jordan
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The horrors of the Great Famine (1315-1322), one of the severest catastrophes ever to strike northern Europe, lived on for centuries in the minds of Europeans who recalled tales of widespread hunger, class warfare, epidemic disease, frighteningly high mortality, and unspeakable crimes. Until now, no one has offered a perspective of what daily life was actually like throughout the entire region devastated by this crisis, nor has anyone probed far into its causes. Here, the distinguished historian William Jordan provides the first comprehensive inquiry into the Famine from Ireland to western Poland, from Scandinavia to central France and western Germany. He produces a rich cultural history of medieval community life, drawing his evidence from such sources as meteorological and agricultural records, accounts kept by monasteries providing for the needy, and documentation of military campaigns
  • Whereas there has been a tendency to describe the food shortages as a result simply of bad weather or else poor economic planning, Jordan sets the stage so that we see the complex interplay of social and environmental factors that caused this particular disaster and allowed it to continue for so long. Jordan begins with a description of medieval northern Europe at its demographic peak around 1300, by which time the region had achieved a sophisticated level of economic integration. He then looks at problems that, when combined with years of inundating rains and brutal winters, gnawed away at economic stability. From animal diseases and harvest failures to volatile prices, class antagonism, and distribution breakdowns brought on by constant war, northern Europeans felt helplessly besieged by acts of an angry God - although a cessation of war and a more equitable distribution of resources might have lessened the severity of the food shortages
Cataloging source
DLC
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1948-
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Jordan, William Chester
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
D202.8
LC item number
.J67 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Famines
  • Civilization, Medieval
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Europe
Label
The great famine : northern Europe in the early fourteenth century, William Chester Jordan
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [189]-303) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I.A Calamity "Unheard-of Among Living Men" 1. The Bringers of Famine in 1315: Rain, War, God. 2. The Harvest Failures and Animal Murrains -- pt. II. The Economics and Demography of the Famine in Rural Society. 3. Prices and Wages. 4. The Cost-of-Living Crisis: Lords. 5. The Cost-of-Living Crisis: Rustics. 6. The Struggle for Survival -- pt. III. Towns and Principalities. 7. Urban Demography and Economy. 8. Coping in Towns. 9. The Policies of Princes
Control code
33900139
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
317 pages
Isbn
9780691011349
Lccn
95026684
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
Label
The great famine : northern Europe in the early fourteenth century, William Chester Jordan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [189]-303) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I.A Calamity "Unheard-of Among Living Men" 1. The Bringers of Famine in 1315: Rain, War, God. 2. The Harvest Failures and Animal Murrains -- pt. II. The Economics and Demography of the Famine in Rural Society. 3. Prices and Wages. 4. The Cost-of-Living Crisis: Lords. 5. The Cost-of-Living Crisis: Rustics. 6. The Struggle for Survival -- pt. III. Towns and Principalities. 7. Urban Demography and Economy. 8. Coping in Towns. 9. The Policies of Princes
Control code
33900139
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
317 pages
Isbn
9780691011349
Lccn
95026684
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps

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