Few historical issues have occasioned such discussion since at least the time of Marx as the transition from feudalism to capitalism in Western Europe. The Brenner Debate, which reprints from Past and Present various article in 1976, is a scholarly presentation of a variety of points of view, covering a very wide range in time, place and type of approach. Weighty theoretical responses to Brenner's first formulation followed from the late Sir Michael Postan, John Hatcher, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie and Guy Bois; more particular contributions came from Patricia Croot, David Parker, Arnost Klìma and Heide Wunder on England, France, Bohemia and Germany; and reflective pieces from R. H. Hilton and the late J. P. Cooper. Completing the volume, and giving it an overall coherence, are Brenner's own comprehensive response to those who had taken part in the debate, and also R. H. Hilton's introduction that aims to bring together the major themes in the collection of essays. The debate has already aroused widespread interest among historians and scholars in allied fields as well as among ordinary readers, and may reasonably be regarded as one of the most important historical debates of prevailing years.
Stimmen zum Buch:
'In their brief editorial introduction to this volume, Aston and Philpin remark: 'The Brenner Debate
may justifiably lay claim to being one of the most important historical debates of topical years, and goes back, in one form or another, to at least the time of Marx'. The republication of the debate, as it appeared in the journal Past and Present from 1976 to 1982, together with a fresh, short introduction by Rodney Hilton, is therefore to be welcomed. For a debate as important and wide-ranging as this is, publication in one volume is vital.'
Quelle: Journal of Historical Geography
/ AUS DEM INHALT: / / / Preface
Robert Brenner: Agrarian class structure and economic development in pre-industrial Europe
M.M Postan and John Hatcher: Population and class relations in feudal society
Patricia Croot and David Parker: Agrarian class structure and the development of capitalism: France and England compared
Heide Wunder: Peasant organization and class conflict in Eastern and Western
Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie: A reply to Robert Brenner
Guy Bois: Against the neo-malthusian orthodoxy
R.HHilton: A crisis of feudalism
J.PCooper In search of agrarian capitalism
Arnost Klima: Agrarian class structure and economic development in pre-industrial bohemia
Robert Brenner: The Agrarian roots of European capitalism