Credit and the Rural Economy in North-Western Europe, C. 1200-C. 1850 (Comparative Rural History of the North Sea Area, Book 12)
This book retraces the nature and role of credit in thepre-industrial European countryside. As part of an ongoingexamination of credit and its provision in European past societies,the nine papers collected in this volume offer further insight intothe ways in which credit was provided and managed, as well as theopportunities which credit may or may not have presented ineffecting economic and social change between c. 1200 and c.1850.In these respects, the papers in this volume add to a developinginvestigation of the history of credit and of indebtedness innorthern Europe, which also coincides with a continued interest inthe structures of credit evident in studies of southern Europeansocieties. The present volume also, for a broad North Sea region,develops a concentration upon the economic and social history ofcredit from the late medieval period to the early nineteenthcentury. The themes here are deliberately focused on the nature ofcredit, its form and structure, as well as upon the economic andsocial impact of credit and the changing availability of thesame.