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An Archaeology of Capitalism

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An Archaeology of Capitalism by Matthew Johnson
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An Archaeology of Capitalism offers an account of landscape and material culture from the later Middle Ages to the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. In tracing some of the roots of modernity back to the transformation of the countryside, this book seeks an innovative understanding of the transition between feudalism and capitalism, and does so through a unique synthesis of archaeology, economic, social and cultural history, historical geography and architectural history.Medieval and early modern archaeology has in the past focused on small-scale empirical contributions to the study of the period. The approach taken here is both wider-ranging and more ambitious. The author breaks down the dividing lines between archaeological and documentary evidence to provide a vivid reconstruction of pre-industrial material life and of the social and mental processes that came together in the post-medieval period in the transition towards modernity. Matthew Johnson is careful to avoid a simplifying evolutionary explanation, but rather sees the period in terms of a diversity of social and material practices evident in material traces - traces that survive and that, when reused in different contexts, came to mean different things.

Author Biography

Matthew Johnson is Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Durham. His published work includes Housing Culture: Traditional Architecture in An English Landscape.
Release date Australia
December 18th, 1995
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Blackwell Publishers
Pages
260
Dimensions
156x229x16
ISBN-13
9781557863485
Product ID
3092770

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