- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press; F First Edition edition (January 1, 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0252006356
- ISBN-13: 978-0252006357
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Underlying much of this production, however, and perhaps giving Ladurie the confidence to interpret the notoriously difficult inquisitorial records, is this less-inspiring sounding early work, "Les Paysans de Languedoc" of 1966, here translated under an equally plain and literal title, which appeared in English only three years after the original French edition. In any case, it clearly underlies his later investigations of provincial culture and society.
This is a sophisticated analysis of primarily economic records from one of the traditional provinces of southern France, covering mainly the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. It deals with the basics of ordinary life -- production, consumption, property, and taxes, and how they interacted. There are interesting confirmations of what can go wrong when people act without much guidance from economic theory in determining self-interest.Read more ›
Though Le Roy Ladurie primarily focuses his study on the agrarian cycle of Languedoc's economy stretching from 1500 to 1750, he, nevertheless, presents a load of comparative evidence from the fifteenth and prior centuries, and he is not shy about interpreting early modern decisions through twentieth century psychological principles. He divides the cycle into four phases: liftoff, rise, maturity, and decline. During the late medieval period, Languedoc's population suffered from famine and dearth, poor harvests, undernourishment, all of which made the onset of the Black Death of 1348 even more devastating. The late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries experienced expansion. Harvests rebounded, proper nutrition increased population, precious metal boosted monetary circulation, and urban areas grew. Sixteenth-century agricultural production, however, did not keep pace with population growth.Read more ›
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