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By Stephen P. Bensch

In line with huge archival examine, this quantity examines the early progress of Barcelona which will comprehend the reasons of the eu financial take-off. town didn't before everything develop as a result of abroad exchange yet as a result of market-oriented agriculture and tribute from Islamic Spain. in simple terms after a tricky adjustment did the town increase the industrial foundations that might later determine its prosperity. Barcelona's patriciate rose to prominence throughout the moment degree of progress, additionally a interval ruled by way of a fight for strength in Catalonia. the following, the relatives constitution of the patriciate gets shut exam, and commonly the amount demanding situations many conventional assumptions in regards to the nature of Mediterranean cities.

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Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1969–88); Eliyahu Ashtor, Levant trade in the later Middle Ages (Princeton, 1983). Page 3 even a claustrophobic world. Bolts of brightly colored cloth, bags of aromatic spices, exotic drugs, bushels of grain, fine brocades, and delicate silks circulated through the great ports in ceaseless motion, at times slowing to form eddies and at others moving rapidly along a swift current together with merchants, sailors, sail-makers, riggers, carpenters, armorers, and other craftsmen and adventurers whose livelihood depended on the sea.

Garcia i Sanz and G. ° congresso storico Liguria–Catalogna (Bordighera, 1974), 106–7; José E. Ruiz Doménec, “La ciudad de Barcelona durante la Edad Media: de los orígenes a la formación de un sistema urbano,’’ Quaderns d’arqueologia i història de la ciutat, 18 (1980), 95; Cambridge economic history, II, 395. 33 Josefa Mutgé Vives, La ciudad de Barcelona durante el reinado de Alfonso el Benigno (1327–1336) (Barcelona, 1987); Teresa-Maria Vinyoles i Vidal, La vida quotidiana a Barcelona vers 1400 (Barcelona, 1985); Carme Batlle i Gallart, “La burguesía de Barcelona a mediados del siglo XIII,” X CHCA (Zaragoza, 1980–82), II, 7–19.

34 Some patches in the forest have been cleared since then, but little has been done to chart the overall evolution of the city and analyze its social and family structure during these formative centuries. The present work will attempt to fill part of the gap. It begins during the reign of Count Ramon Berenguer III (1096–1131), under whom Catalonia began to emerge from its provincial isolation, and ends with that of King Alfons II (1285–91), who consolidated the gains brought by the incorporation of Sicily into the Crown of Aragon and secured its defense against Angevin opposition.

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