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Medieval Trade in the Mediterranean World Illustrative Documents

ISBN-10: 0231123574
ISBN-13: 9780231123570
Edition: 2nd 2001
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List price: $35.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 9/18/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 494
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496

This collection of merchant documents is essential reading for any student of economic developments in the Middle Ages who wishes to go beyond the level of textbook summaries. Different aspects of economic life in the Mediterranean world are delineated in the light of a rich variety of articles and other contemporary writings, drawn from Muslim and Christian sources. From commercial contracts, promissory notes, and judicial acts to working manuals of practical geography and philology, this volume of documents provides an unparalleled portrait of the world of medieval commerce.

Robert S. Lopez was professor of history at Yale University.Irving W. Raymond was professor of history at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.Olivia Remie Constable is associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.

Olivia Remie Constable is Professor in the Department of History and Director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame.

Foreword
Introduction
Note on Coinage, Weights, and Other Technical Terms
At the Origins of the Commercial Revolution
Commerce in the Byzantine Empire, the Muslim East, and the Catholic West
Commercial Gilds and Control of Trade in Constantinople
Merchants and Commerce in Muslim Syria
The Flow of Merchandise to the Heart of the Muslim World
The Jewish Role in World Trade
The Meeting of East and West in Southern Italy
Traces of International Trade in Southern France
Merchants, Passports, and Customs in the Lombard Hinterland
Commercial Investments and Real Estate of a Venetian Doge
Private Documents of Lombard Italy
Markets, Merchants, Merchandise, and Means of Exchange During the Commercial Revolution
The Development of Markets
Towns in North Africa and Southern Italy in the Tenth Century
The Permanent Market in Milan in the Tenth Century
Trade in Lombardy Before the Rise of the Communes
The Final Product of the Commercial Revolution: Milan in 1288
Florence, a Masterpiece of the Commercial Revolution
A North African City at Its Medieval Zenith
Rural Markets and Urban Shopping Centers
Markets and Peddlers in Underdeveloped Areas
Mediterranean Merchants at the International Fairs
Special Buildings for Foreign Traders
The Growth of the Merchant Class
War Spoils and New Types of Traders
The Increasing Importance of the Itinerant Merchant
Commercial Investments of Noblemen
Merchants in Frontier Towns
The Church and the Merchants
Jews and Christians in Trade and Money Lending
The Diversification of Merchandise
Two Hundred and Eighty-eight 'Spices'
Buying and Selling Works of Art
Slave Trade
Trade in Foodstuffs and Its Impact on Agriculture
Raw Materials
Trade in Manufactured Goods
Monopolies and Cartels
The Flow of Merchandise to a Trading City
Statistical Data on the Flow of Merchandise
The Evolution of the Means of Exchange
Survivals of Loans in Kind
Spices Used to Supplement Coins
The Return to the Gold Standard in the West
Hard Currencies, Moneys of Account, and Credit Money
Seasonal Fluctuations in the Money Market
Weights and Measures
Commercial Contracts and Commercial Investments
Loans and the Problem of Interest
A Contract Openly Mentioning Interest
Restitution of Interest
Interest Driven Underground
The Contract of Exchange and Its Double Function
Contracts of Exchange or Loans in Disguise?
An Exchange Transaction Posted in a Ledger
A Standard Contract of Exchange
'Dry Exchange' Contracts
The Sea Loan and the Sea Exchange
The Straight Sea Loan
The Mating of the Sea Loan with Exchange
'Dry' Sea Exchange
The Commenda Contract
The Venetian Commenda or Collegantia
The Genoese Commenda and Societas
Other Examples of Commenda
Shares of a Ship Given in Commenda
Commenda Contracts of Humble People
Interchangeability of Investor and Traveling Party
Partnerships and Other Contracts Used in Land Trade
The Venetian Fraterna Compagnia
Societates Terrae Resembling Commenda Contracts
Intermediate Forms of Partnership
The Compagnia Contract in Tuscany
Depositors, Factors, and Commission Agents
Deposit Contracts
Factor and Commission Contracts
Some Other Forms of Agreement
Piracy and War Booty
Special Contracts: Syria and Southern Germany
Trade in Shares of the Funded Public Debt
Informal Commercial Papers
Bills of Exchange
A Notarial Letter of Payment
A Letter of Credit
A Promissory Note
Orders of Payment
The Route and the Thorns Along it
Transportation by Sea
Chartering Contracts
A Bill of Lading
Armed Escort for a Merchantman
Freight Charge Canceled on Account of Shipwreck
Transportation by Land
Transportation on the River Po
Land Transportation: Carriers and Invoice Letters
A Case In Comparative Costs
The Development of Insurance Contracts
'Rent' Insurance and 'Loan' Insurance
More Mature Forms of Insurance Contracts
An Insurance Claim
Insurance as a Regular Business
Commercial Litigation and Sharp Business Practices
Litigation over Transport Contracts
Litigation over the Quality of Merchandise
Loan Sharks at Work
Canon Law as a Pretext for Breaking Contracts
Protests Concerning Unpaid Debts
A Controversy over the Accounting of a Commenda
A Journey to Delhi and Its Legal Aftermath
Business Failures and Their Settlement
Procedures for Settling Bankruptcies
Joint Liability: the Ruin of a Great Merchant Company
International Disputes over Trade
Strains between East and West
Seeking Justice in Cyprus
England: Fruitless Good Will, Efficient Bad Will
Northern Italy Protects Foreign Merchants
Genoa Applies Sanctions Against Persia
Legal Restrictions of Trade
Tools and Ideas
Manuals
Practical Arithmetic
Practical Geography
Practical Philology
Advice for Buyers
Traveling to China
The Progress of Accounting Methods
Early Bookkeeping Methods
A Final Balance Sheet
Double-Entry Bookkeeping
Commercial Correspondence
Notarized Letters and Informal Notes
Letters of Instruction
The Lures of Exploration
Solidarity of Muslim and Christian Merchants
Reports from the Fairs of Champagne
The Many Troubles of a Moneylender
News from Genoa
News from Bruges
Moral Standards and Practical Advice
Rules for Succeeding in Business
Oath of the Money Changers
God's Credit Entry
Down-to-Earth Advice from Florence
This above all ...
List of Works Cited
Bibliography
Index

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