Studies on the Political Economy of a Medieval Network Organisation
The merchants of the medieval Hanse monopolised trade in the Baltic and North Sea areas. The authors describe the structure of their trade system in terms of network organisation and attempts to explain, on the grounds of institutional economics, the coordination of the merchants’ commercial exchange by reputation, trust and culture. The institutional economics approach also allows for a comprehensive analysis of coordination problems arising between merchants, towns and the ‘Kontore’. Due to the simplicity and flexibility of network trade the Hansards could bridge the huge gap in economic development between the West and the East. In the changing economic conditions around 1500, however, exactly these characteristics proved to be a serious limit to further retain their trade monopoly.
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Names: Ewert, Ulf Christian, 1966- author. | Selzer, Stephan, 1968- co-author.
Title: Institutions of Hanseatic trade : studies on the political economy of a medieval network organisation / Ulf Christian Ewert, Stephan Selzer.
Description: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang Edition,  |
Includes bibliographical references.
Identifiers: LCCN 2016042327| ISBN 9783631661833 (print) | ISBN 9783653058512 (PDF) | ISBN 9783631697528 (ePub) | ISBN 9783631697535 (Mobi)
Subjects: LCSH: Hanseatic League—History. | Hansa towns—History. | Baltic Sea Region— Commerce—History. | North Sea Region—Commerce—History. | Merchants— Baltic Sea Region—History—To 1500. | Merchants—North Sea Region—History—To 1500. | Business networks—Baltic Sea Region—History—To 1500. | Business networks— North Sea Region—History—To 1500.
Classification: LCC HF455 .E83 2016 | DDC 382.09479048—dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2016042327
Title: Scheme of the Hanse’s structure
Source: Authors’ own drawing
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