IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 740: Between Licit and Illicit Economy: Norms and Forms of Distribution in the Maritime World, c. 1200-1600, III

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Thomas Heebøll-Holm, Institut for Historie, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Gregor Rohmann, Seminar für Mittlere und Neuere Geschichte, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Moderator/Chair:Christoph Dartmann, Historisches Seminar, Universität Hamburg
Paper 740-aBusiness on the Last Frontier: Licit and Illicit Economic Issues in the Conquest and Colonization of the Canary Islands, 14th-16th Centuries
(Language: English)
Roberto J. González Zalacain, Instituto de Estudios Medievales y Renacentistas, Universidad de La Laguna
Index terms: Economics - General, Language and Literature - Semitic, Maritime and Naval Studies, Military History
Paper 740-bIslands and Maritime Conflicts: The Example of Gotland, c. 1500
(Language: English)
Michael Meichsner, Historisches Institut, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität, Greifswald
Index terms: Economics - General, Law, Maritime and Naval Studies, Military History

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.