Commercial Exchange Across the Mediterranean: Byzantium, the Crusader Levant, Egypt and Italy, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Commercial Exchange Across the Mediterranean

Byzantium, the Crusader Levant, Egypt and Italy, 1st Edition

By David Jacoby


364 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Byzantine trade with Egypt from the mid-10th century to the Fourth Crusade; The supply of war materials to Egypt in the crusader period; The Venetian quarter of Constantinople from 1082 to 1261: topographical considerations; The trade of crusader Acre in the Levantine context: an overview; The Venetian privileges in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem: 12th and 13th-century interpretations and implementation; Migration, trade and banking in crusader Acre; Creta e Venezia nel contesto economico del Mediterraneo orientale sino alla metà del Quattrocento; Cretan cheese: a neglected aspect of Venetian medieval trade; Changing economic patterns in Latin Romania: the impact of the West; Dalla materia prima ai drappi tra Bisanzio, il Levante e Venezia: la prima fase dell'industria serica veneziana; Genoa, silk trade and silk manufacture in the Mediterranean region (ca. 1100-1300); The production of silk textiles in Latin Greece; Addenda et corrigenda; Indexes.

About the Author

David Jacoby is an Emeritus Professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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HISTORY / General