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The Village and the Outside World in Golden Age Castile

The Village and the Outside World in Golden Age Castile
Mobility and Migration in Everyday Rural Life

  • Date Published: November 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521527132

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  • This 1996 book, based upon a vast range of documentary and secondary sources, shatters the disproven but persistent myth of the closed immobile village in the early modern period. It demonstrates that even in traditionalist Castile, pre-industrial village society was highly dynamic, with continuous inter-village, inter-regional, and rural-urban migration. The book is rich in human detail, with many vignettes of everyday life. Professor Vassberg examines such topics as fairs and markets, the transportation infrastructure, rural artisans and craftsmen, relations with the state, and life-cycle service. The approach is interdisciplinary, and pays special attention to how rural families dealt with economic and social problems. The rural Castile that emerges is a complex society that defies easy generalizations, but one which is unquestionably part of the general European reality.

    • Shatters the disproven but persistent myth of the 'closed' and 'immobile' village
    • Contains a wealth of human detail in a field which tends to concentrate on statistics
    • Presents new material - based upon a vast array of often inaccessible sources
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    • Date Published: November 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521527132
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 12 maps 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The village community
    2. Market contacts with the outside world
    3. Manufacturing and artisanal contacts with the outside world
    4. In-migration and out-migration
    5. Family relations with the outside world
    6. Relations with the state
    7. Contacts with travellers and 'aliens'
    8. Additional contacts with the outside world
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    David E. Vassberg, University of Texas Pan American

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