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The ‘resource curse’ of Mediaeval English state finance, C.1155–1453

Moore, T. K. (2023) The ‘resource curse’ of Mediaeval English state finance, C.1155–1453. In: da Costa Dominguez, R. and Andrade, A. A. (eds.) Portugal in a European Context: Essays on Taxation and Fiscal Policies in Late Medieval and Early Modern Western Europe. Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, pp. 159-176. ISBN 9783031062261

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This chapter discusses the relative abundance of surviving records from the medieval English central government but also cautions that this may function as a form of resource curse for the unwaring historian. The volume of records obscures the sizeable gaps in coverage, most notably in terms of private and local records, and can be unwieldy to use. More fundamentally, historians can be content to passively read these sources rather than asking more searching questions about what they do not tell us and exploring more imaginative ways of using those sources.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies (GCMS)
Henley Business School > ICMA Centre
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Economic History
ID Code:109689
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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