At Europe's Borders: Medieval Towns in the Romanian by Laurenţiu Rădvan

By Laurenţiu Rădvan

A painstaking check out every little thing that has to do with medieval cities within the lesser-known Romanian Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia. a brand new and interesting point of view at the historical past of the city global in vital and South-Eastern Europe.

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1, doc. 1. 8 introduction Few pre-1500 texts were preserved, severely hindering research into any historical process related to this period. 10 A large number of other local collections or volumes fill in the array of written sources available. 11 Internal documents, especially the official ones, are more accurate in their depiction of the structure of town communities and their relations with the ruler. They also provide details on the estates of the inhabitants or their pursuits. However, they only paint a fragmented picture of daily life, leaving our study with few hints to go by.

1 (1975), pp. 186–187. 38 D. Ciurea, “Noi contribu≥ii privind ora ele i târgurile din Moldova în secolele XIV–XIX,” AIIAI, vol. VII (1970), pp. 22–23. 39 V. Costăchel, P. P. Panaitescu, A. Cazacu, Via≥a feudală în ˘ara Românească i Moldova (sec. XIV–XVII) (Bucharest, 1957), pp. 413–444. 20 introduction communes, he now postulated the existence of valley (or river) market-towns and town communities (so-called “ora e-ob ti”). The former were local political and economic centers, while the latter were supposedly urban forms of organization derived from rural social structures.

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