IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 640: Between Licit and Illicit Economy: Norms and Forms of Distribution in the Maritime World, c. 1200-1600, II

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Thomas Heebøll-Holm, Institut for Historie, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Gregor Rohmann, Seminar für Mittlere und Neuere Geschichte, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Moderator/Chair:Helle Vogt, Center for Retskulturelle Studier, Det Juridiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet
Paper 640-aPirates and the Venetian Coast Guard/Navy in the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Georg Christ, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Index terms: Economics - General, Law, Maritime and Naval Studies, Military History
Paper 640-bPrizes, Privateers, and Market in 14th-Century England and France
(Language: English)
Thomas Heebøll-Holm, Institut for Historie, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Index terms: Economics - General, Law, Maritime and Naval Studies, Military History
Paper 640-cNavigating Insecurity: The Costs and Benefits of the Privateering Economy in 15th-Century Bruges
(Language: English)
Bart Lambert, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Maritime and Naval Studies
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.