Agrarian crisis, late medieval
(789 words)

1. Concept and review of scholarship

The theory of a late medieval agrarian crisis is a widespread concept in the economic assessment and chronological definition of the Late Middle Ages (1350–1450). It was based originally on the theories of  Thomas Malthus and David Ricardo, representatives of the classical school of economics. It also influenced M. Postan’s studies of economic history [10] and E. Le Roy Ladurie’s interpretation of European history as a whole on the basis of agricul…

Cite this page
Rösener, Werner, “Agrarian crisis, late medieval”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016634>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



▲   Back to top   ▲