International Trade in
the Low Countries
(14th-16th Centuries)

Merchants, Organisation, Infrastructure

Edited by Peter Stabel, Bruno Blondé, et al.
December 2000
ISBN: 90-441-1005-5
281 pages
$51.00 paper original

In this volume various scholars address issues of practical organization and infrastructure of international commerce. Commerce was among the most decisive factors in the social, political and economic developments in the Low Countries during the late Middle Ages and the beginning of the Early Modern Period.

Commerce and the possibilities it created for the dispersion of export oriented textile manufacture contributed to structure the urban network. International contacts influenced population developments. Furthermore, the presence of large communities of foreign tradesmen enriched social and cultural life in the gateway cities, and their way of life left its mark on consumption patterns and cultural standards in general. In this way, an international dimension was added to the vibrant organization of urban society as a whole.


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