Commercial Exchange Across the Mediterranean: Byzantium, the Crusader Levant, Egypt and Italy

1st Edition

David Jacoby

Routledge
Published October 25, 2005
Reference - 364 Pages
ISBN 9780860789802 - CAT# Y234640
Series: Variorum Collected Studies

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Summary

The customary treatment of Mediterranean trade from the 11th to the mid-15th century emphasizes the predominance of western merchants and the commercial exchange of spices and eastern raw materials for western woollens and other finished products. The studies in this collection, the sixth by David Jacoby to be published in the Variorum series, adopt a different perspective. They underscore the economic vitality of various countries bordering the eastern Mediterranean, their industrial capacity, the importance of exchanges between them, and the important contribution of the merchants based in that region to trans-Mediterranean trade. They also illustrate the role of hitherto neglected commodities, such as timber, iron, silk and cheese, in that trade.

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