Commercial Networks and European Cities, 1400-1800 by Andrea Caracausi, Christof Jeggle

By Andrea Caracausi, Christof Jeggle

Service provider networks generated alternate and the alternate of products among the towns of early glossy Europe. This choice of essays analyses those advertisement networks, targeting the jobs of kinship, starting place, faith and company in growing and holding city economies.

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15 Thus the idea that markets as a particular form of social interaction emerging from networks has also not yet been considered. Meanwhile current approaches for historical research, which are directed to the situated social interaction of the actors, almost necessarily need to be based on some kind of network analysis for contextualizing single interactions in a social surrounding. The focus on structured social interaction also opens new opportunities for dealing with markets as a specific form of social interaction.

Economic Networks I will start the description with some examples of the economic networks that made up the foundations of the Hansard’s powerful position in the Norwegian market throughout the Late Middle Ages. 1), we see a lot of small networks. Most of the merchants had one or two partnerships, which carried the main part of their Bergen trade. Many of the partners bear the same family names, indicating that they were relatives. Two larger structures, however, show that there was a tendency towards more complex holdings.

Here mostly craftsmen had their homes and workshops. 11: Members of the Lübeck town council with proven activity in the Bergen market, 1350–1510. 12–17). Nevertheless, they still made shorter-term purchases of buildings in areas C and D. Specifically, houses in the craftsmen’s quarter of the town accounted for about 20 per cent of all building purchases by Bergenfahrer in the late Middle Ages. However, when Bergenfahrer owned houses for a longer time, these were mostly situated in the best and consequently most expensive areas, where councillors and other rich merchants also had their residences.

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