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The Village and the Outside World in Golden Age Castile: Mobility and Migration in Everyday Rural Life (Hardback)
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The Village and the Outside World in Golden Age Castile: Mobility and Migration in Everyday Rural Life (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 05/09/1996
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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521563253
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 530 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The usefulness of the book for all readers is enhanced by numerous maps and tables, glossary and complete bibliographic apparatus." K. Kennelly, Choice
"Provides an excellent comparative perspective for students of rural life and social change everywhere." Carla Rahn Phillips, Colonial Latin American Review
"In his fine book, David E. Vassberg discusses the degree and nature of contact early modern Castilian villages had with the outside world....embraces a revisionist view of Castile as a place where people took initiative in making decisions....organizes his book as a survey of various modes of contact between Castilian villages and the outside world." Book Reviews
"David E. Vassberg's The Village and the Outside World in Golden Age Castile is a welcome addition to the historiography of early modern Spain....an intriguing and provocative picture of the varied elements that defined and underlay village life. Vassberg's highly readable book provides valuable insights into the nature and functioning of Castile's rural communities and their relationship to the cities and the state as well as to one another." Ida Altman, Journal of Modern History
"In his fine book, David E. Vassberg discusses the degree and nature of contact early modern Castilian villages had with the outside world." Akira Motomura, Jrnl of Eco Hist
"The book is a welcome addition o the historiography of early modern Spain...an intriguing and provocative picture of the varied elements that defined and underlay village life. Vassberg's highly readable book provides valuable insights into the nature and functioning of Castile's rural communities and their relationships to the cities and the state as well as to one another." Chronicle & Willacy County News
"In this volume, David E. Vassberg presents an important compendium of materials, from both primary and secondary sources, to show that experience of the outside world was an ordinary part of Castilian village life in the Golden Age and migration "a normal structural characteristic of society"(p. 175)." Susan Tax Freeman, American Historical Review

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