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A History of the European Economy, 1000-2000 (review)

A History of the European Economy, 1000-2000 (review) journal of world history, june 2003 extend their reach. Just as absolutist pretensions in Europe were not realized through unilateral exertions of monarchical authority, the Rwandan kings' assertion, sabwa ganza, the king rules and reigns, was fulfilled not by the mwami's direct coercive measures, but more often through practices of reciprocity and clientage. That European absolutism can today be characterized as a myth, in William Henshall's view, or even as a brief moment, as Spellman prefers, is a consequence of scholarly attention to precisely the same pragmatic, shifting politics of personal allegiance and resistance that marked African kingship. Undoubtedly, Spellman's static image of Chinese and Islamic despotism could also benefit from a similarly nuanced recognition of informal patterns of negotiation and resistance, which served as well to limit the reach of kingship outside Europe. dean t. ferguson Texas A&M University A History of the European Economy, 1000­2000. By françois crouzet. Charlottesville, Va.: University of Virginia Press, 2001. 329 pp. $26.50 (paper). The project of world history requires great feats of imagination. In terms of economic history, one of its challenges is to explore and conceptualize new ligatures and connections between traditionally understood economic entities and economies and to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

A History of the European Economy, 1000-2000 (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 14 (2) – May 27, 2003

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journal of world history, june 2003 extend their reach. Just as absolutist pretensions in Europe were not realized through unilateral exertions of monarchical authority, the Rwandan kings' assertion, sabwa ganza, the king rules and reigns, was fulfilled not by the mwami's direct coercive measures, but more often through practices of reciprocity and clientage. That European absolutism can today be characterized as a myth, in William Henshall's view, or even as a brief moment, as Spellman prefers, is a consequence of scholarly attention to precisely the same pragmatic, shifting politics of personal allegiance and resistance that marked African kingship. Undoubtedly, Spellman's static image of Chinese and Islamic despotism could also benefit from a similarly nuanced recognition of informal patterns of negotiation and resistance, which served as well to limit the reach of kingship outside Europe. dean t. ferguson Texas A&M University A History of the European Economy, 1000­2000. By françois crouzet. Charlottesville, Va.: University of Virginia Press, 2001. 329 pp. $26.50 (paper). The project of world history requires great feats of imagination. In terms of economic history, one of its challenges is to explore and conceptualize new ligatures and connections between traditionally understood economic entities and economies and to

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Published: May 27, 2003

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