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Author Grey, Cam, 1972-

Title Constructing communities in the late Roman countryside / Cam Grey.

Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

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Description 1 online resource (xii, 269 pages) : maps
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 230-263) and index.
Contents Introduction: studying rural communities in the Late Roman world -- 1. Constituting communities: peasants, families, households -- 2. What really matters: risk, reciprocity, and reputation --3. Small politics: making decisions, managing tension, mediating conflict -- 4. Power as a competitive exercise: potentates and communities -- 5. Resistance, negotiation, and indifference: communities and potentates -- 6. Creating communities: taxation and collective responsibility -- 7. Unintended consequences: taxation, power, and communal conflict -- Conclusions.
Summary "This book is the first comprehensive treatment of the 'small politics' of rural communities in the Late Roman world. It places the diverse fates of those communities within a generalized model for exploring rural social systems. Fundamentally, social interactions in rural contexts in the period revolved around the desire of individual households to insure themselves against catastrophic subsistence failure and the need of the communities in which they lived to manage the attendant social tensions, inequalities and conflicts. A focus upon the politics of reputation in those communities provides a striking contrast to the picture painted by the legislation and the writings of Rome's literate elite: when viewed from the point of view of the peasantry, issues such as the Christianization of the countryside, the emergence of new types of patronage relations, and the effects of the new system of taxation upon rural social structures take on a different aspect"-- Provided by publisher.
"This book is aimed at filling that gap. In the process, it seeks to reconnect the agrarian history of the ancient Mediterranean world with agrarian histories of other periods and other regions. I do this on the assumption that all parties might have useful insights to offer each other on questions of common interest, and with the intention of exploring certain problems that have become politically or philosophically fraught in contemporary contexts"-- Provided by publisher.
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Subject Rome -- Rural conditions.
Country life -- Rome -- History.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Grey, Cam, 1972- Constructing communities in the late Roman countryside. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011 9781107011625 (DLC) 2011010569 (OCoLC)710044987
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