IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 115: In Addition to Daily Bread, I: Feeding Europe on Fridays

Monday 4 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:'Creating the New North' Research Programme, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges arktiske universitet
Organiser:Sigrun Høgetveit Berg, Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology, The Arctic University of Norwa
Moderator/Chair:Miriam Tveit, Fakultetet for Samfunnsvitenskap, Nord universitet
Paper 115-aIn Cod We Trust: Stockfish Production and North-Norwegian Coastal Society
(Language: English)
Stefan Figenschow, Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology, The Arctic University of Tromsø
Stefan Figenschow, Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology, The Arctic University of Tromsø
Stefan Figenschow, Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology, The Arctic University of Tromsø
Index terms: Demography, Economics - Rural, Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 115-bFish and Ships: Getting the Stockfish to the European Consumer
(Language: English)
Magne Njåstad, Department of Historical Studies, Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Trondheim
Magne Njåstad, Department of Historical Studies, Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Trondheim
Magne Njåstad, Department of Historical Studies, Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Trondheim
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban, Geography and Settlement Studies
Abstract

Production of vast amounts of dried cod along the barren coast of Arctic Norway supported a population already by 1110 closely tied into a European commercial economy, which had deep implications for the course of social development. Transporting dried stockfish from the far north involved a network of local shippers based on Bergen, and a further network of international transport organized by Norwegian and foreign merchants. Of increasing prominence was the Hanseatic League, whose control over the trade involved a complex network of debt relationships with both fishermen and producers and the merchants of Bergen.