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Lester K. Little

textile industry, and soon ended up awash in money by becoming its principal supplier; their Italian counterparts were in the forefront of building the extensive irrigation system in parts of Lombardy and Piedmont mentioned earlier, a project that greatly expanded agricultural production at the very moment of a population explosion. The Cistercians continued to exist in the thirteenth century and beyond, just as the older Benedictine monasteries did, but their capacity for intellectual and spiritual innovation and relevance had rapidly dissipated

in Indispensable immigrants