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Marxist History-writing for the Twenty-first Century$
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Chris Wickham

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264034

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264034.001.0001

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

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

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(p.32) 3. Memories of Underdevelopment: What Has Marxism Done for Medieval History, and What Can It Still Do?
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Marxist History-writing for the Twenty-first Century
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Chris Wickham

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264034.003.0003

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

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