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Why Europe: The Medieval Origins of Its Special Path

Michael Mitterauer


Why did capitalism and colonialism arise in Europe and not elsewhere? Why were parliamentarian and democratic forms of government founded there? What factors led to Europe's unique position in shaping the world? This book tackles these classic questions with illuminating results, tracing the roots of Europe's singularity to the medieval era, and specifically to developments in agriculture. While most historians have located the beginning of Europe's special path in the rise of state power in the modern era, this book establishes its origins in rye and oats. These new crops, it contends, played ... More

Keywords: capitalism, colonialism, Europe, government, China, Islamic world, patriarchy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226532530
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226532387.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Mitterauer, author