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8 per cent at best, the latter figure even higher than England’s! 5 million from its 1500 level. Although any increase in population must, in broad terms, have swelled the demand for goods and services, it is often argued that the performance of the economy was chiefly influenced by the balance of population between town and country, with the former the principal centres of manufacturing and consumption. Here the figures at first glance tell a sobering story, albeit one which casts the Mediterranean in a more benign light.

Yet rural linen production was less exposed to the penetration of urban capital than fustian-weaving, for supplies of cotton had to be imported from the Mediterranean to the cooler and wetter lands north of the Alps by merchants with the necessary organizational skills and capital resources. It would be unwise, none the less, to view the commercialization of the west German rural economy too readily as the prelude to capitalist transformation, whatever role putting out may have played, since in an age of population growth the peasants of south-western Germany, as a region of largely partible inheritance, regarded by-employment and outwork as indispensable safety-valves which allowed a primarily subsistence economy to survive.

Statistics for the port of Gdan´sk (Danzig), the principal outlet for Polish grain (as well as from Volhynia and Ruthenia), show exports of rye, the grain of everyday bread, in the late fifteenth century at a mere 2,300 łast (around 4,600 tonnes):1 from 1490 onwards the figures rise gradually, from 10,000 łast in 1500 to 14,000 last in 1530. Although there were periodic dips, not least during the years after the death of the last Jagiełłon king in 1572, which unleashed an international struggle for control of the Polish crown, exports thereafter regularly exceeded 20,000 łast, and in the 1590s 30,000 łast, though the figures after 1600 were of a different order altogether, averaging between 70,000 and 90,000 łast.

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