IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 812: Trade and Towns Reshaped?: The Consequences of (Not) Following Rules, II

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Institute for History, Universiteit Leiden
Organiser:Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz, Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Universiteit Leiden
Moderator/Chair:Per G. Norseng, Institutt for kultur- og humanistiske fag, Høgskolen i Telemark
Paper 812-aBending Rules in a Hanseatic Town: The Case of Danzig
(Language: English)
Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz, Instituut voor Geschiedenis, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Law, Social History
Paper 812-bDefinition and Enforcement of Strategic Interests by Multipolar Organisations: The Case of the Late Medieval Hanse
(Language: English)
Gerrit Deutschländer, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Hamburg

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.