Methods in Premodern Economic History

Case studies from the Holy Roman Empire, c.1300-c.1600

  • Ulla Kypta
  • Julia Bruch
  • Tanja Skambraks

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Julia Bruch, Ulla Kypta, Tanja Skambraks
    Pages 1-10
  3. Julia Bruch, Ulf Christian Ewert, Stephan Köhler, Ulla Kypta, Christian Scholl, Tanja Skambraks
    Pages 11-45
  4. Julia Bruch, Ivonne Burghardt, Ulf Christian Ewert, Niels Petersen, Marco Veronesi
    Pages 47-97
  5. Eva Brugger, Angela Huang, Ulla Kypta, Mark Spoerer
    Pages 99-130
  6. Stephan Köhler, Christian Scholl, Tanja Skambraks, Sebastian Steinbach
    Pages 131-185
  7. Julia Bruch, Ivonne Burghardt, Eva-Maria Cersovsky, Karina de la Garza-Gil, Ulf Christian Ewert, Carla Meyer-Schlenkrich et al.
    Pages 187-241
  8. Eva Brugger, Karina de la Garza-Gil, Benjamin Hitz, Angela Huang, Ulla Kypta, Simon Liening et al.
    Pages 243-318
  9. David Chilosi, Benjamin Hitz, Angela Huang, Stephan Köhler, Hiram Kümper, Sven Rabeler et al.
    Pages 319-389
  10. Julia Bruch, Karina de la Garza-Gil, Ulf Christian Ewert, Benjamin Hitz, Ulla Kypta, Martin Kypta et al.
    Pages 391-448
  11. Max-Quentin Bischoff, Julia Bruch, Ulf Christian Ewert, Angela Huang, Stephan Köhler, Ulla Kypta et al.
    Pages 449-490
  12. Julia Bruch, Ulla Kypta, Tanja Skambraks
    Pages 491-498
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 499-509

About this book


This edited collection demonstrates how economic history can be analysed using both quantitative and qualitative methods, connecting statistical research with the social, cultural and psychological aspects of history. With their focus on the time between the end of the commercial revolution and the Black Death (c. 1300), and the Thirty Years’ War (c. 1600), Kypta et al. redress a significant lack of published work regarding economic history methodology in the premodern period.

Case studies stem from the Holy Roman Empire, one of the most important economic regions in premodern times, and reconnect the German premodern economic history approach with the grand narratives that have been developed mainly for Western European regions. Methodological approaches stemming from economics as well as from sociology and cultural studies show how multifaceted research in economic history can be, and how it might accordingly offer us new insights into premodern economies.


Research methods German economic history Holy Roman Empire Behavioural studies Evolutionary theory Institutional analysis Social history Psychological methods Premodern economic history Medieval economic history Commercial Revolution Black Death Thirty Years’ War Quantitative research methods Qualitative research methods

Editors and affiliations

  • Ulla Kypta
    • 1
  • Julia Bruch
    • 2
  • Tanja Skambraks
    • 3
  1. 1.University of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of CologneCologneGermany
  3. 3.University of MannheimMannheimGermany

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