IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 612: Trading Rules: Rules to Follow (or Not) in Maritime Trade in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean - Trade Restrictions and Its Discontents

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Georg Christ, Transkulturelle Studien, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Moderator/Chair:Alex Bamji, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 612-aJewish Merchants in Venetian Maritime Trade: Rules and Application (15th Century)
(Language: English)
Franz-Julius Morche, Transkulturelle Studien, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Index terms: Administration, Economics - Trade, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Political Thought
Paper 612-bProjector of Official Trade Policy or Smuggler's Paradise?: Legal and Illegal Trade Networks in Modon in the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Georg Christ, Transkulturelle Studien, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Geography and Settlement Studies, Maritime and Naval Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

We propose to analyse the rules and institutions regulating maritime trade in the Eastern Mediterranean of the Late Middle Ages. Venice formulated and imposed rules and regulations in the interest of her own thriving trade, which collided not only with papal regulations in support of crusade or with claims of free navigation but also with competing interests both at home and abroad, e.g. in Modon or Rhodes. Imposing these rules was costly and – especially at sea – very difficult. As a result, competing smuggling networks emerged that not only operated in parallel but were intricately meshed with and even embedded in the official networks.