From the North Sea to the Baltic: Essays in Commercial, Monetary and Agrarian History, 1500–1800

1st Edition

Michael North

Routledge
Published October 3, 1996
Reference - 302 Pages
ISBN 9780860786009 - CAT# Y283960
Series: Variorum Collected Studies

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Summary

The Baltic in the early modern period has been called a 'Nordic Mediterranean'. In the studies collected here, Professor North is concerned to examine the ways in which this Baltic region became integrated into the international division of labour and the emerging world economy. The volume opens with a new introductory essay, and the first section then focuses on commodities exported to Western Europe - grain, timber, flax, hemp and other raw materials. The following studies examine how this ever growing bulk trade stimulated a flow of money and payments in the opposite direction, and led to the formation of the manorial economy and second serfdom in the grain-producing countries of the Baltic hinterlands.

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