Session1324
TitleIntentional and Unintentional Renewal in Late Medieval Economic Institutions
Date/TimeWednesday 8 July 2015: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserAngela Huang, Forschungsstelle für die Geschichte der Hanse und des Ostseeraums, Lübeck
 
Moderator/ChairSabine von Heusinger, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
 
Paper 1324-a The Same but Different?: The Challenges of Studying Continuity and Change in Economic Institutions
(Language: English)
Angela Huang, Forschungsstelle für die Geschichte der Hanse und des Ostseeraums, Lübeck
Index Terms: Economics - General; Economics - Urban
Paper 1324-b Continuity and Change in Late Medieval Pawnbroking Institutions in Italy
(Language: English)
Tanja Skambraks, Historisches Institut, Universität Mannheim
Index Terms: Economics - General; Economics - Urban; Monasticism; Social History
Paper 1324-c Institutional Changes in Late Medieval European Trade: Why Did Merchants Turn from Partnerships to Firms?
(Language: English)
Ulla Kypta, Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften, Universität Hamburg
Index Terms: Economics - General; Economics - Trade; Economics - Urban; Law
 
AbstractDuring the late Middle Ages, institutions shaping economic actions in Europe changed dramatically. How and why this happened is still hotly debated. One question hitherto neglected is whether the changes adding up to an overwhelming renewal were intentionally introduced, or whether they did happen without anyone planning them. Or more concretely, how exactly did late medieval economic institutions or groups react to and how did they shape reform and renewal? How can the outcome of this process be characterised? By addressing these questions in three examples from different economic fields, namely late medieval trade, monasteries, and pawnbroking, we hope to gain some valuable insights into the workings of Europe's economic revolution of the late Middle Ages.