Phase Transition Bibliography

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I'm creating a bibliography which aims to understand the great phase transitions between social systems, i.e. from the Roman system to feudalism, from feudalism to capitalism, etc .. Not restrictive to these eurocentric examples of course.


Banaji - Theory as History - Essays on Modes of Production and Exploitation scribd

Rome to Feudal Transition


  • Agrarian change in late antiquity: gold, labour, and aristocratic dominance. Jairus Banaji Google Books
  • Framing the Early Middle Ages. Chris Wickham. (mentioned in appendix 5 of just above)


From Petre Sarris:

  1. ‘The Origins of the Manorial Economy: New Insights From Late Antiquity’, English Historical Review 119 (2004) pp.279-311
  2. ‘On Jairus Banaji’s Agrarian Change in Late Antiquity’, Historical Materialism 13.1 (2005) pp.207-19
  3. ‘Continuity and Discontinuity in the Post-Roman Economy’, Journal of Agrarian Change 6.3 (2006) pp.400-413
  4. ‘Social Relations and the Land – The Early Period’, in J. Haldon (ed.) A Social History of Byzantium (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) pp. 92-111
  5. ‘Introduction: Aristocrats, Peasants, and the Transformation of Rural Society, c. 400-800’, Journal of Agrarian Change 9.1 (2009) pp. 3-22
  6. ‘Aristocrats, Peasants, and the State in the Later Roman Empire’ in P. Eich, S. Schmidt Hofner and C. Wieland (ed.) Die wiederkehrende Leviathan: Staatlichkeit und Staatswerdung in Spätantike und Früher Neuzeit (Heidelberg, 2011) pp.377-94