IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 712: Trade and Towns Reshaped?: The Consequences of (Not) Following Rules, I

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Institute for History, Universiteit Leiden
Organiser:Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz, Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Universiteit Leiden
Moderator/Chair:Angela Huang, Saxo Institute, Department of History, Københavns Universitet
Paper 712-aBreaking the Rules: Portuguese Cheats and Dispute Resolution in Medieval Europe
(Language: English)
Flávio Miranda, Centro de Investigação Transdisciplinar: Cultura, Espaço e Memória, Universidade do Porto
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Maritime and Naval Studies
Paper 712-bThe Extensive Legislation on Prices and Wages in 13th- and 14th-Century Bergen: A Futile Practice or a Working Mechanism of Conflict Control in a Multicultural Urban Society?
(Language: English)
Per G. Norseng, Institutt for kultur- og humanistiske fag, Høgskolen i Telemark
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Law
Paper 712-cSale of Goods around the Baltic Sea in the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Sofia Gustafsson, Institutionen för studier av samhällsutveckling och kultur, Linköpings Universitet
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Law

To follow the rules, or not to follow them? A trader faced this dilemma on a regular basis, particularly in a foreign town. Filling one’s money bag by cheating on the quality of goods, or building up a good reputation? Abiding by the law of a town, or the (unwritten) rules of a commercial network like the Hanse? The papers in this session investigate cases of (non) adherence to rules of trade, as well as legislation and legal practice in various European towns which thrived by trade. The focus is on (long-term) consequences of this conduct, both for traders and legislation.