Bruges, Cradle of Capitalism, 1280-1390
James M. Murray (Author)
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Teeming with merchants from all over Europe, medieval Bruges provides an early model of a great capitalist city. Bruges established a sophisticated money market and an elaborate network of agents and brokers. Moreover, it promoted co-operation between merchants of various nations. In this book James Murray explores how Bruges became the commercial capital of northern Europe in the late fourteenth century. He argues that a combination of fortuitous changes such as the shift to sea-borne commerce and the extraordinary efforts of the city's population served to shape a great commercial centre. Areas explored include the political history of Bruges, its position as a node and network, the wool, cloth and gold trade and the role of women in the market. This book serves not only as a case-study in medieval economic history, but also as a social and cultural history of medieval Bruges. Worked examples or Exercises
About the Author
James Murray is Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati.
- Contributor: James M. Murray
- Imprint: Cambridge University Press
- ISBN13: 9780521120531
- Number of Pages: 424
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229x24mm
- Packaged Weight: 620
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Release Date: 2009-09-25
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: James Murray is Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati.
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