IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 540: Between Licit and Illicit Economy: Norms and Forms of Distribution in the Maritime World, c. 1200-1600, I

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Thomas Heebøll-Holm, Institut for Historie, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Gregor Rohmann, Seminar für Mittlere und Neuere Geschichte, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Moderator/Chair:Thomas Heebøll-Holm, Institut for Historie, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Paper 540-aPirates on the Coast: Littoral Expansion and Maritime Predation in Liguria and Dalmatia, 1300-1500
(Language: English)
Emily Sohmer Tai, Department of History, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York
Index terms: Economics - General, Law, Maritime and Naval Studies, Military History
Paper 540-bInventing 'Klipphaefen': Law, Distribution, and the Construction of Piracy in the Baltic Sea, 14th to 16th Centuries
(Language: English)
Philipp Höhn, Sonderforschungsbereich 1095 'Schwächediskurse und Ressourcenregime', Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Index terms: Economics - General, Law, Maritime and Naval Studies, Military History
Paper 540-cThe Naval Warfare of Communal Genoa
(Language: English)
Christoph Dartmann, Historisches Seminar, Universität Hamburg
Index terms: Economics - General, Law, Maritime and Naval Studies, Military History
Abstract

Traditionally legal and economic history of the maritime world tends to differentiate clearly between licit trade and illicit piracy, smuggling, fraud and corruption. However maritime societies before the commercial revolution and the emergence of the sovereign state were shaped by legal and normative pluralism. Nevertheless in the late Middle Ages governments increased their efforts to create a legal distinction between the two kinds of economic activities in order to regulate markets both to protect the so-called peaceful trade and to extend their own power in the maritime realm. With this session we aim to explore and compare these emerging distinctions of and their impact on economic activity in various late medieval maritime theatres of operations.