IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1113: A Passion for Trade: Hanseatic Merchants Handling their Goods in the Late Middle Ages, I

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Hanse Research Centre, Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Organiser:Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz, Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Universiteit Leiden
Moderator/Chair:Dick E. H. de Boer, Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Paper 1113-aGerard Bruns, or the Mercantile Passions of a Late Medieval Hanseatic Diplomat
(Language: English)
Hanno Brand, Hanse Research Centre, Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Economics - Trade, Genealogy and Prosopography
Paper 1113-bThe Salt Trade in the Baltic Hanse Towns
(Language: English)
Mike Burkhardt, Saxo Instituttet, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Trade, Genealogy and Prosopography
Paper 1113-cMerchants, Texts, and Textiles: Sources for the Hanseatic Textile Trade in Scandinavia
(Language: English)
Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz, Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Economics - Trade
Abstract

The Hanseatic League was the main mercantile power in northern Europe in the Late Middle Ages. The northern German and Dutch towns belonging to it were the pivots in the intricate trade networks, extending from the eastern Baltic to Iceland, and from Scandinavia to Portugal. The power position was based on skilful trade politics and efficient organization. Hanseatic merchants strove for optimal trade conditions, best prices, secure transport and did not hesitate to fight competition. These pursuits revolved around the exchange of a wide range of bulk and luxury goods. The speakers in the sessions will discuss the frameworks for the trade of goods (grain, wine, textile, salt, flax and wax) and for the diplomatic and mercantile relations of Hanseatic merchants.