The Medieval Town in Bulgaria, thirteenth to fourteenth century
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Florida (2008)
My study attempts to reevaluate the reigning historiographical concepts of pre-modern models of economic development in Southeastern Europe. It is a cross-national and cross-regional survey attempting to include the Byzantine/Bulgarian economic model in the ongoing debate about the transition from feudalism to capitalism. Through an examination of urban social structure, economy, and population growth, I demonstrate that the late medieval town in the Balkans well beyond the end of the fourteenth century followed the main trends of economic growth that are typically represented by the Italian city-states and formed thus part of a common socio-economic environment with the rest of the European Mediterranean.