Sowing the Seeds, V: Measuring the Medieval Economy

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Date / time: 31 March, All day

Faculty of History University of Cambridge

Sowing the Seeds, V: Measuring the Medieval Economy


Medieval economic and social history has taken many guises over the years. From the micro-history of Hoskins’ Midland Peasant to the recent GDP estimates of Broadberry, Campbell, Klein, Overton and van Leeuwen’s British Economic Growth, a tremendous array of theories and methods have been used to explore a vast corpus of evidence. This workshop explores the methods currently employed by medieval economic historians, from the quantitative and cliometric analyses of large datasets to the interdisciplinary study of place-names and medieval literature.

How do the methods and approaches we use affect our understanding of medieval economic and social history? What new empirical and qualitative methods have been developed and how has this changed our understanding of the medieval past? How compatible are these different approaches? Can economic and social historians using significantly different methods still engage in meaningful discourse? This workshop is designed to bring together doctoral students and early-career researchers together with senior academics in a stimulating environment to facilitate opportunities for cross-pollination, knowledge pooling and networking.

For further information, or to register, contact Alex Brown ( Travel bursaries may be available for students and early-career researchers.

Dr Eric Schneider (London School of Economics)
Dr Philip Slavin (University of Kent)

Keynote lecture:
Professor Christopher Dyer (University of Leicester)