Economic inequality in pre-industrial societies : causes and effect.
Disuguaglianza economica nelle società preindustriali: cause ed effetti

Le premier livre de la série Datini Studies in Economic History est en accès libre :

Sources and methods
auses of economic inequality
Effects of economic inequality on the economy and society

Conclusion (pages 431-456) :
Looking for the islands of equality in a sea of inequality.
Why did some societies in pre-industrial Europe have relatively low levels of wealth inequality?
Bas van Bavel (Utrecht)
(source histoire_eco)