The Rise of Market Society in England, 1066-1800

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Christiane Eisenberg

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“…this monograph, smoothly translated from the German and with a useful bibliography, should attract academic readers from undergraduates to faculty… Highly recommended.” • Choice

“Eisenberg is to be commended for setting out a clear narrative that could help to frame future research by both historians and social scientists… Still, despite the sweeping nature of Eisenberg’s narrative, it will be of interest to historians of economic development from all periods and to social scientists studying today’s ‘market society.’… the bookcan serve as a good springboard for fruitful scholarly debate.” • Journal of Modern History

“Overall this is an impressive synthesis, in which essential developments and complex facts are presented concisely and to the point. Whether England’s development was as exceptional or whether also other regions of Europe revealed early traits of a commercial culture, remains to be explored by further research.” • Archiv für Sozialgeschichte online

“A fascinating book that offers a solid basis and many inspirations for new research.” • Sehepunkte

“[This study] is enviably succinct and gives readers an overview of main developments in the rise of a market society, stretching from the 11th century to the early 19th. More than any other book on this subject I know, it engages directly with major approaches and theorists in the social science, past and present. Finally, it connects commercial changes with law, institutions and social hierarchy.” • Frank Trentmann, Birkbeck College

“It requires considerable courage to describe England’s path to the market economy from the Norman Conquest to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in such a slim book. Maybe it needs the perspective of a well informed outsider to tackle such a demanding task….Of particular value for an English-speaking readership is the fact that the author presents recent German-language research on Britain that tends to be ignored. And not less interesting are the author’s explicit comparisons with Continental Europe, especially Germany.” • Willibald Steinmetz, University of Bielefeld

Christiane Eisenberg is Professor of British History at the Centre for British Studies at the Humboldt University, Berlin. Her interests lie in the comparative social and cultural histories of Germany and Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries. Internationally she is known for her work on the diffusion of modern sport.


Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 176
Erscheinungsdatum 01.03.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-78533-217-3
Verlag Ingram Publishers Services
Maße (L/B/H) 22.9/15.2/0.9 cm
Gewicht 265 g

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  • List of Tables
    List of Illustrations
    Preface to the Translation

    Introduction: England and the Process of Commercialization

    Chapter 1. Medieval Foundations of Market Exchange

    • Institutions and Law

    • Social Structure, Mobility, and Social Relations

    Chapter 2. Growth and Consolidation of Market Exchange in the Early Modern Period

    • Impulses toward Commercialization: Population Growth, Agrarian Revolution, and Urbanization

    • Reciprocal Effects between Commerce and Industry

    • Centralized Production

    • Urban Trades

    • Rural Proto-industry

    • Concentration of Powers: The Financial Revolution of the Eighteenth Century

    Chapter 3. The Embeddedness of Market Exchange

    • Generating Trust

    • Facts, News, and Periodicity

    • Games, Speculation, and the Culture of Commerce

    Conclusions: Commercialization as an Historical Process

    • English Market Society in 1800: Regulatory Mechanisms and Directions of Development

    • Driving Forces, Path Dependencies, and Development Potential: Perspectives for a Long-term European Comparison

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