Mining, Metallurgy and Minting in the Middle Ages: Asiatic supremacy, 425-1125

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Franz Steiner Verlag, 2001 - 550 pages
The first of four volumes, which examine non-ferrous precious and base metal mining, metallurgy and minting in the Middle Ages, encompasses the history of these activities during the years 425-1125. It describes the shift in the focus of world precious metal production from the Western Roman Empire -350), to the Sassanid and Byzantine Empires (350-650) and Central Asia (480-930). Central Asia dominated for almost half a millennium world precious and base metal production, before output collapsed and an industrial diaspora caused the foci of silver and gold production to shift to Europe and sub-Saharan Africa respectively (930-1125). Mining activity in Central Asia, 480-930 is examined in depth, as is also its impact on local society and the distribution of precious metals from there to China, India and South-east Asia, Asia Minor and, via the Trans-Pontine steppes, to Europe. It also explores the impact of this flow of Sassanid-Islamic silver and gold on European mining and monetary systems, when that trade was at its height (560-930) and the response of the Europeans to the great oSilver Famineo occasioned by the collapse of Central Asian production (930-1125). " es gibt nun eine neue Publikation, die alles zusammenfasst, was wir derzeit uber die Grundlagen der mittelalterlichen Munzpragung wissen, uber die Metallerzeugung und die Pragung. [a] eine Fundgrube an interessanten Hintergrundinformationen [a] Dieses Buch ist ein absolutes Muss fur jeden, der sich intensiv mit mittelalterlichen Munzen und der damit verbundenen Handelsgeschichte beschaftigen will" Munzen Revue Vol. 2: Afro-European Supremacy, 1125-1225 Vol. 3: Continuing Afro-European Supremacy, 1250-1450 . (Franz Steiner 2001)
 

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Contents

The PostRoman Golden Age ca 420620 A D
1
The Renaissance of Mining and Metallurgy in the Sāssānid
13
An Economic and Environmental
37
Dishoarding and the Intensification of Production in
103
The New Trade to the Bilad esSoudan
123
SuvarnadvipaThe Golden Island
205
Part II
225
A7 11 The mines on the upper reaches of the Talas river
248
A812 Russian Hoards 590950 A D
349
The Great Silver Famine ca 9501080 A D
359
Central Asiatic Specie and European Markets
371
PostRoman British
389
Eligius and the Origins of Northwestern European
413
The AngloFriesian Production Complex
441
Madelinus Tremisses in Continental Europe 686694 AD
448
Coin Supply and Use in PostRoman Western
463

Mining Activity and the Economy of Mawaraannahr
271
TABLES
343
Distribution and Minting of Kufic Silver Seventh to Eleventh
347
Central Asian and European Silver 725950 A D
499
European Silver and the International Silver
529
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