Institutions of Hanseatic Trade (Book published November 30


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Author  Ulf Christian Ewert
Publisher  Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication Date   November 30, 2016
ISBN  3631661835
Pages  196

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The merchants of the medieval Hanse monopolised trade in the Baltic and North Sea areas. The authors describe the structure of their trade system in terms of network organisation and attempts to explain, on the grounds of institutional economics, the coordination of the merchants’ commercial exchange by reputation, trust and culture. The institutional economics approach also allows for a comprehensive analysis of coordination problems arising between merchants, towns and the ‘Kontore’. Due to the simplicity and flexibility of network trade the Hansards could bridge the huge gap in economic development between the West and the East. In the changing economic conditions around 1500, however, exactly these characteristics proved to be a serious limit to further retain their trade monopoly.

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