Strand Definitions: Social and Economic History

This strand covers the wider impact of life in the Middle Ages. This includes trade, commercial, and social networks, the impact of demographical developments, the impact of wealth and poverty, public works, charity, financial models and structures, discovering, exploiting, and developing resources, the interaction between man and nature (clearances, pollution, environment, water management), patterns of production and consumption, industry, commerce and trade, occupations, specialisation and organisation, inclusion and exclusion, social care and social cohesion, the impact of healthcare and health, as well as marriage and kinship patterns, social and economic origins of popular movements, crime, law and order, and sexuality.