The Early Middle Ages: a scale-based approach

  title={The Early Middle Ages: a scale-based approach},
  author={Julio Escalona Monge},
and were discussed at different stages by the project members. I owe them all recognition for their input, as well as to Dr Richard Reece, who attended the spring 2007 plenary meeting at Woolstone (Oxon.). The main ideas were presented in 2006 to the members of the Globalization Discussion Group at the Instituto de Historia (CSIC). I particularly thank Antonio Lafuente for his remarks on post-modernism and for leading me back to the works of Lefebvre and the radical geographers of the 1970s… 

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This paper makes six arguments. First, socio-cultural evolution must be studied from a "world-system" or intersocietal interaction perspective. A focus on change in individual "societies" or "groups"

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  • C. Wickham
  • History, Economics
    Transactions of the Royal Historical Society
  • 1992
There is surprisingly little early medieval social history being written. In recent years, more specifically economic history has had a remarkable rebirth, thanks to the (largely unconnected) efforts

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