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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1324: Intentional and Unintentional Renewal in Late Medieval Economic Institutions

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Angela Huang, Department of History, SAXO-Institute, Københavns Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Sabine von Heusinger, Fachgruppe Geschichte und Soziologie, Universität Konstanz
Paper 1324-aThe Same but Different?: The Challenges of Studying Continuity and Change in Economic Institutions
(Language: English)
Angela Huang, Department of History, SAXO-Institute, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Economics - General, Economics - Urban
Paper 1324-bContinuity and Change in Late Medieval Pawnbroking Institutions in Italy
(Language: English)
Tanja Skambraks, Historisches Institut, Universität Mannheim
Index terms: Economics - General, Economics - Urban, Monasticism, Social History
Paper 1324-cInstitutional Changes in Late Medieval European Trade: Why Did Merchants Turn from Partnerships to Firms?
(Language: English)
Ulla Kypta, Historisches Seminar, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Index terms: Economics - General, Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban, Law

During the late Middle Ages, institutions shaping economic actions in Europe changed dramatically. How and why this happened is still hotly debated. One question hitherto neglected is whether the changes adding up to an overwhelming renewal were intentionally introduced, or whether they did happen without anyone planning them. Or more concretely, how exactly did late medieval economic institutions or groups react to and how did they shape reform and renewal? How can the outcome of this process be characterised? By addressing these questions in three examples from different economic fields, namely late medieval trade, monasteries, and pawnbroking, we hope to gain some valuable insights into the workings of Europe's economic revolution of the late Middle Ages.