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Memories of Underdevelopment: What Has Marxism Done for Medieval History, and What Can It Still Do?

Chris Wickham

in Marxist History-writing for the Twenty-first Century

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264034
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734601 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264034.003.0003

Series: British Academy Occasional Papers

Memories of Underdevelopment: What Has Marxism Done for Medieval History, and What Can It Still Do?

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This chapter examines the medieval history of Europe within the context of Marxism, discussing the changes in class conflicts and their role in determining the socio-economic developments of European countries. It determines the historical contributions Marxism has made to medieval history and the future challenges it has to face. The chapter focuses on Marxist medieval history, which was dominated by the three strands of production in agrarian and feudal societies: slave plantations, peasant farming, and wage labour.

Keywords: medieval history; class conflicts; socio-economic developments; Europe; historical contributions; Marxist medieval history; agrarian societies; feudal societies; slave plantations; peasant farming

Chapter.  7809 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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