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The Routledge Handbook of Maritime Trade around Europe 1300-1600
Commercial Networks and Urban Autonomy





ISBN 9780367872946
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
502 Pages

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The Routledge Handbook of Maritime Trade around Europe 1300-1600 explores the links between maritime trading networks around Europe, from the Mediterranean and the Atlantic to the North and Baltic Seas. Maritime trade routes connected diverse geographical and cultural spheres, contributing to a more integrated Europe in both cultural and material terms. This volume explores networks’ economic functions alongside their intercultural exchanges, contacts and practical arrangements in ports on the European coasts.





The collection takes as its central question how shippers and merchants were able to connect regional and interregional trade circuits around and beyond Europe in the late medieval period. It is divided into four parts, with chapters in Part I looking across broad themes such as ships and sailing routes, maritime law, financial linkages and linguistic exchanges. In the following parts - divided into the Mediterranean, the Baltic Sea, and the Atlantic and North Seas - contributors present case studies addressing themes including conflict resolution, relations between different types of main ports and their hinterland, the local institutional arrangements supporting maritime trade, and the advantages and challenges of locations around the continent. The volume concludes with a summary that points to the extraterritorial character of trading systems during this fascinating period of expansion.





Drawing together an international team of contributors, The Routledge Handbook of Maritime Trade around Europe is a vital contribution to the study of maritime history and the history of trade. It is essential reading for students and scholars in these fields.

Table of Contents

List of figures



Preface



Notes on Contributors









  1. Wim Blockmans, Mikhail Krom and Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz




  2. ‘Maritime Trade around Europe, 1300-1600. Commercial Networks and Urban Autonomy’





    Thematic Aspects





  3. Richard W. Unger




  4. ‘Ships and Sailing Routes in Maritime Trade around Europe, 1300-1600’





  5. Stuart Jenks




  6. ‘Capturing Opportunity, Financing Trade’





  7. Donatella Calabi




  8. ‘Trading Spaces in European Port Cities: The Architectural Models of Bourses, Lonjas, and Exchanges’





  9. Agnete Nesse




  10. ‘Trade and Language: How did Traders Communicate Across Language Borders?’





  11. Albrecht Cordes




  12. ‘Lex Maritima? Local, Regional and Universal Maritime Law in the Middle Ages’





    The Mediterranean





  13. Monique O’Connell




  14. ‘Venice: City of Merchants or City for Merchandise?’





  15. Georg Christ




  16. ‘Collapse and Continuity: Alexandria as a Declining City with a Thriving Port (Thirteenth to Sixteenth Centuries)’





  17. Lovro Kuncevic




  18. ‘The Maritime Trading Network of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) from the Fourteenth to the Sixteenth Century’





  19. Luisa Piccinno




  20. ‘Genoa: a City with a Port or a Port City?’





  21. Carlo Taviani




  22. ‘The Genoese Casa di San Giorgio as a Micro-Economic and Territorial Nodal System’





  23. Thierry Pécout




  24. ‘Marseille: A Supporting Role’





  25. David Igual Luis




  26. ‘Valencia: Opportunities of a Secondary Node’





    The Baltic





  27. Carsten Jahnke




  28. ‘Lübeck and the Hanse: a Queen Without Its Body’





  29. Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz




  30. ‘Danzig (Gdańsk): seeking stability and autonomy’





  31. Anu Män

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Editor(s)

Biography

Wim Blockmans is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the University of Leiden. His previous publications include Introduction to Medieval Europe, 2nd edition, with Peter Hoppenbrouwers (2014).





Mikhail Krom Professor of Comparative Studies in History at the European University at St. Petersburg.





Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz is Assistant Professor in Medieval History at the University of Amsterdam.