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Socio-economic conditions in 14th and 15th century Thessalonike: a new approach

Stavrou, Athanasia (2011)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

The thesis deals with the socio-economic conditions prevailing in the city of Thessalonikê in the 14th and 15th centuries. One of the main aims is to address certain methodological issues linked to the period of transition from the Byzantine to the Ottoman Empire. In this effort, we have employed as an analytical tool the economic theory of New Institutional Economics, which lays significant importance in the study of the institutional framework of societies.

The main strands of the thesis are two: firstly, the exploration of the ideological concerns, internal conflicts and response of the Thessalonian society to the changing political environment until the final subjection of the city to the Ottoman Turks in 1430. Secondly, the behaviour of the Thessalonian elite in terms of social and economic practice through an examination of its relationship with the Athonite monasteries and the Late Byzantine state. Our ultimate goal is to shed light on the way provincial elite of Thessalonikê adapted to the political and economic conditions that prevailed in the Late Byzantine period.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Murphey, Rhoads and Dunn, Archie
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity
Subjects:DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
D051 Ancient History
D History (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1630
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