Commerce and Conquest in the Mediterranean, 1100–1500: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Commerce and Conquest in the Mediterranean, 1100–1500

1st Edition

By David Abulafia


360 pages

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From the 12th century onwards merchants from the north Italian and southern French towns were able to take advantage of Christian conquests in southern Italy, Sicily and the Levant to penetrate and dominate the markets of these regions and of North Africa. The articles collected in this volume examine the economic, social and religious impact of this combination of trade and conquest . They include studies of the survival of Jews and Muslims in Sicily, of the debate about the 'under-development' of medieval southern Italy, Sicily and Sardinia, of relations between the rulers of those regions and the merchants, and of mercantile penetration into the kingdom of Jerusalem, Cyprus and Tunis in the wake of Crusaders and Sicilian kings. A partir du 12e siècle, les marchands venant des villes du Nord de l’Italie et du Sud de la France étaient devenus à même de tirer avantage des conquêtes chrétiennes en Italie du Sud, en Sicile et dans le Levant et de pénétrer, ainsi que de dominer les marchés de ces différentes régions et de l’Afrique du Nord. Les articles rassemblés dans ce volume examinent l’impact économique, social et religieux de cette association entre la conquête et le commerce. Le recueil comprend des études sur la survie des Juifs et des Musulmans en Sicile, sur le débat à propos du ’sous-développement’ de l’Italie méridionale, de la Sicile et de la Sardaigne au Moyen Age, sur les rapports entre les dirigeants de ces régions et les marchands, ainsi que sur la pénétration mercantile du royaume de Jérusalem, de Chypre et de Tunis, dans le sillon des Croisés et des rois de Sicile.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Southern Italy, Sicily and Sardinia in the medieval Mediterranean economy; Le origini del dualismo economico italiano; The end of Muslim Sicily; L’attività commerciale genovese nell’Africa normanna: la città di Tripoli; The reputation of a Norman king in Angevin Naples; Pisan commercial colonies and consulates in 12th-century Sicily; A Tyrrhenian triangle: Tuscany, Sicily, Tunis, 1277-1300; Una communità ebraica della Sicilia occidentale: Erice 1298-1304; The Crown and the economy under Ferrante of Naples (1458-1494); Gli italiani fuori Italia; The Levant trade of the minor cities in the 13th and 14th centuries: strengths and weaknesses; The merchants of Messina: Levant trade and domestic economy; The Anconitan privileges in the kingdom of Jerusalem and the Levant trade of Ancona; Narbonne, the lands of the Crown of Aragon and the Levant trade 1187-1400; Genoa and the security of the seas: the mission of Babilano Lomellino in 1350; Invented Italians in the Courtois Charters; Index.

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