IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 644: Cooperation amidst Conflict: Urban and Noble Relationships in the Iberian Peninsula in the Late Middle Ages, II - The Economic Sphere

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Organiser:José Antonio Jara Fuente, Departamento de Historia, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca
Moderator/Chair:José Antonio Jara Fuente, Departamento de Historia, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca
Paper 644-aOn the Edge of the Law: Local Nobility and Its Strategies to Control the Farming of Taxes in Talavera de la Reina at the End of the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Alicia Lozano Castellanos, Departamento de Historia, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Local History
Paper 644-bTowns and Nobility: Controlling Economic Resources in Burgos in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Alicia Inés Montero Málaga, Departamento de Historia Antigua y Historia Medieval, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Local History
Paper 644-cThe Role of the Nobility in the Cereal Supply Crisis in the City of Burgos in the Early 16th Century
(Language: English)
Javier Sebastián Moreno, Instituto Universitario de Estudios de la Mujer, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Local History
Abstract

During the Late Middle Ages, Iberian towns were the object of the nobility’s never fully satisfied predatory appetite; succession and other civil conflicts giving the nobility the opportunity to profit from disorder to ‘fatten its purse’. Conflict and a ‘victim-foe’ political relationship framework thus underlie the relations between towns and nobility. This is nevertheless just an aspect of the question, since most times towns were not only able to confront their foes (giving up their role as victims) but to force or convince them to cooperate in developing common short- or long-term projects. In this manner, conflict and competition gave room to other forms of political relation: cooperation and deal, building up synergies of different kind and at different levels. This double session aims to analyse the way that this Schmittean friend/enemy binary relationship split into a more complex relation, especially highlighting the cooperative forms of socio-political and economic action.