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Medieval Trade in the Mediterranean World: Illustrative Documents
This collection of merchant documents is essential reading for any student of economic developments in the Middle Ages who wishes to go beyond the level of textbook summaries. Different aspects of economic life in the Mediterranean world are delineated in the light of a rich variety of articles and other contemporary writings, drawn from Muslim and Christian sources. From ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published September 18th 2001 by Columbia University Press
(first published January 28th 1990)
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This is a large collection of merchant letters that provide a first-hand and very interesting look at the competition between the Western Empire, Byzantine Empire, and the Caliphate. It details the disappearance of gold in the West (relative to the East) as well as information on customs houses, taxes, goods exchange, shares in shipping, medieval wills, cyclical trade, scarcity of goods and money, shipwreck laws, land and property values, and lots of details on the Silk Road. Many interesting ...more
Italian born historian who emigrated to the United States in 1939. His work focused on issues of trade and commerce in the middle ages.More about Robert Sabatino Lopez...