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Medieval Trade in the Mediterranean World : Illustrative Documents - Olivia Remie Constable

Medieval Trade in the Mediterranean World

Illustrative Documents

By: Olivia Remie Constable (Foreword by), Irving W. Raymond (Translator, Foreword by), Robert S. Lopez (Translator)

Paperback Published: 18th September 2001
ISBN: 9780231123570
Number Of Pages: 496
For Ages: 22+ years old

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-- Frank Frankfort, "History"

"Because of its extensive notes and commentary, Medieval Trade in the Mediterranean World continues to be useful to scholars. Its principal value, however, is as a teaching text: as one of the few collections of translated sources focusing on the Mediterranean, and as one of the few that concentrates on documentary rather than narrative records." - Adam J. Kosto, Columbia University; "Important for understanding the formative period of modern economics....A rich repository of documents from Europe's first commercial revolution." - Frank Frankfort, History"

Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
Note on Coinage, Weights, and Other Technical Termsp. 10
At the Origins of the Commercial Revolution
Commerce in the Byzantine Empire, the Muslim East, and the Catholic Westp. 19
Commercial Gilds and Control of Trade in Constantinoplep. 19
Merchants and Commerce in Muslim Syriap. 23
The Flow of Merchandise to the Heart of the Muslim Worldp. 27
The Jewish Role in World Tradep. 29
The Meeting of East and West in Southern Italyp. 33
Traces of International Trade in Southern Francep. 35
Merchants, Passports, and Customs in the Lombard Hinterlandp. 36
Commercial Investments and Real Estate of a Venetian Dogep. 38
Private Documents of Lombard Italyp. 41
Markets, Merchants, Merchandise, and Means of Exchange During the Commercial Revolution
The Development of Marketsp. 51
Towns in North Africa and Southern Italy in the Tenth Centuryp. 51
The Permanent Market in Milan in the Tenth Centuryp. 54
Trade in Lombardy Before the Rise of the Communesp. 56
The Final Product of the Commercial Revolution: Milan in 1288p. 60
Florence, a Masterpiece of the Commercial Revolutionp. 69
A North African City at Its Medieval Zenithp. 74
Rural Markets and Urban Shopping Centersp. 75
Markets and Peddlers in Underdeveloped Areasp. 77
Mediterranean Merchants at the International Fairsp. 79
Special Buildings for Foreign Tradersp. 84
The Growth of the Merchant Classp. 87
War Spoils and New Types of Tradersp. 87
The Increasing Importance of the Itinerant Merchantp. 89
Commercial Investments of Noblemenp. 92
Merchants in Frontier Townsp. 95
The Church and the Merchantsp. 101
Jews and Christians in Trade and Money Lendingp. 103
The Diversification of Merchandisep. 108
Two Hundred and Eighty-eight 'Spices'p. 108
Buying and Selling Works of Artp. 114
Slave Tradep. 115
Trade in Foodstuffs and Its Impact on Agriculturep. 116
Raw Materialsp. 119
Trade in Manufactured Goodsp. 123
Monopolies and Cartelsp. 126
The Flow of Merchandise to a Trading Cityp. 130
Statistical Data on the Flow of Merchandisep. 135
The Evolution of the Means of Exchangep. 143
Survivals of Loans in Kindp. 143
Spices Used to Supplement Coinsp. 145
The Return to the Gold Standard in the Westp. 145
Hard Currencies, Moneys of Account, and Credit Moneyp. 147
Seasonal Fluctuations in the Money Marketp. 150
Weights and Measuresp. 152
Commercial Contracts and Commercial Investments
Loans and the Problem of Interestp. 157
A Contract Openly Mentioning Interestp. 158
Restitution of Interestp. 159
Interest Driven Undergroundp. 160
The Contract of Exchange and Its Double Functionp. 162
Contracts of Exchange or Loans in Disguise?p. 164
An Exchange Transaction Posted in a Ledgerp. 165
A Standard Contract of Exchangep. 165
'Dry Exchange' Contractsp. 166
The Sea Loan and the Sea Exchangep. 168
The Straight Sea Loanp. 169
The Mating of the Sea Loan with Exchangep. 171
'Dry' Sea Exchangep. 172
The Commenda Contractp. 174
The Venetian Commenda or Collegantiap. 176
The Genoese Commenda and Societasp. 179
Other Examples of Commendap. 180
Shares of a Ship Given in Commendap. 181
Commenda Contracts of Humble Peoplep. 182
Interchangeability of Investor and Traveling Partyp. 183
Partnerships and Other Contracts Used in Land Tradep. 185
The Venetian Fraterna Compagniap. 187
Societates Terrae Resembling Commenda Contractsp. 188
Intermediate Forms of Partnershipp. 190
The Compagnia Contract in Tuscanyp. 196
Depositors, Factors, and Commission Agentsp. 212
Deposit Contractsp. 214
Factor and Commission Contractsp. 215
Some Other Forms of Agreementp. 221
Piracy and War Bootyp. 222
Special Contracts: Syria and Southern Germanyp. 224
Trade in Shares of the Funded Public Debtp. 226
Informal Commercial Papersp. 229
Bills of Exchangep. 231
A Notarial Letter of Paymentp. 232
A Letter of Creditp. 233
A Promissory Notep. 234
Orders of Paymentp. 235
The Route and the Thorns Along it
Transportation by Seap. 239
Chartering Contractsp. 239
A Bill of Ladingp. 245
Armed Escort for a Merchantmanp. 246
Freight Charge Canceled on Account of Shipwreckp. 247
Transportation by Landp. 248
Transportation on the River Pop. 249
Land Transportation: Carriers and Invoice Lettersp. 250
A Case In Comparative Costsp. 251
The Development of Insurance Contractsp. 255
'Rent' Insurance and 'Loan' Insurancep. 256
More Mature Forms of Insurance Contractsp. 259
An Insurance Claimp. 261
Insurance as a Regular Businessp. 263
Commercial Litigation and Sharp Business Practicesp. 266
Litigation over Transport Contractsp. 267
Litigation over the Quality of Merchandisep. 270
Loan Sharks at Workp. 273
Canon Law as a Pretext for Breaking Contractsp. 276
Protests Concerning Unpaid Debtsp. 278
A Controversy over the Accounting of a Commendap. 280
A Journey to Delhi and Its Legal Aftermathp. 281
Business Failures and Their Settlementp. 290
Procedures for Settling Bankruptciesp. 291
Joint Liability: the Ruin of a Great Merchant Companyp. 298
International Disputes over Tradep. 303
Strains between East and Westp. 305
Seeking Justice in Cyprusp. 318
England: Fruitless Good Will, Efficient Bad Willp. 322
Northern Italy Protects Foreign Merchantsp. 324
Genoa Applies Sanctions Against Persiap. 325
Legal Restrictions of Tradep. 327
Tools and Ideas
Manualsp. 341
Practical Arithmeticp. 343
Practical Geographyp. 345
Practical Philologyp. 346
Advice for Buyersp. 348
Traveling to Chinap. 355
The Progress of Accounting Methodsp. 359
Early Bookkeeping Methodsp. 361
A Final Balance Sheetp. 370
Double-Entry Bookkeepingp. 372
Commercial Correspondencep. 378
Notarized Letters and Informal Notesp. 379
Letters of Instructionp. 380
The Lures of Explorationp. 382
Solidarity of Muslim and Christian Merchantsp. 384
Reports from the Fairs of Champagnep. 388
The Many Troubles of a Moneylenderp. 394
News from Genoap. 400
News from Brugesp. 403
Moral Standards and Practical Advicep. 408
Rules for Succeeding in Businessp. 410
Oath of the Money Changersp. 418
God's Credit Entryp. 419
Down-to-Earth Advice from Florencep. 420
This above all ...p. 424
List of Works Citedp. 427
Bibliographyp. 447
Indexp. 461
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ISBN: 9780231123570
ISBN-10: 0231123574
Series: Records of Western Civilization (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 18th September 2001
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 15.34  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition