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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1021: Peasant Land Markets and Food Production: Three Case Studies from North and South of the Alps, c. 1300 - c. 1520

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Thomas Frank, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università degli Studi di Pavia
Moderator/Chair:Herwig Weigl, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung / Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Paper 1021-aLand Transfers in the Estate of a Northern Italian Hospital: The Tenants of Santa Maria dei Battuti, Treviso, 15th and Early 16th Centuries
(Language: English)
Thomas Frank, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università degli Studi di Pavia
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Law, Local History
Paper 1021-bThe Rural Land Market in Sankt Gallen, 14th Century
(Language: English)
Rezia Krauer, Stadtarchiv der Ortsbürgergemeinde, St. Gallen
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Economics - Rural, Economics - Urban, Social History
Paper 1021-cVineyards on Vienna's Doorstep: Late Medieval Land Transactions in the Estate of the Monastery of Klosterneuburg
(Language: English)
Samuel Nussbaum, Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte, Universität Wien
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Local History

A basic condition of food production and commercialisation is the access to agricultural land. How did late medieval peasants get hold over the land they worked, to what extent could they transfer it to other peasants, how did these local land markets - especially when dominated by a nearby city - function and develop over time? The session offers a comparative approach to three cases, one in Switzerland (Sankt Gallen), one in Lower Austria (Klosterneuburg) and one in north-eastern Italy (the estate of the main hospital of Treviso). Based on a large amount of unedited sources, the papers focus on the interdependence between systems and customs of land transfers on the one hand and agricultural specialisation (e. g. wine production), the demographical evolution, interventions of public authorities and the relation of city and countryside on the other hand.