In the age of overseas colonization and rise of intercontinental trade, Western Europe's intercontinental trade with East-Central Europe did not diminish either, but considerably increased in both quantity and significance. Commercial relations within Europe also became a substantial factor in the emerging system of world economy. The 'Western challenge' had a profound impact on this region, and the 15th-17th centuries proved to be a crucial period for the 'economic destiny' of the countries of East-Central Europe, among them Hungary. The papers are now provided with supplementary comments, giving information on research and debates since the articles were first published.
Zsigmond Paul Pach, Emeritus, Budapest University of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
Contents: The development of feudal rent in Hungary in the 15th century; Der Bauernaufstand vom Jahre 1514 und die 'zweite Leibeigenschaft'; 16th century Hungary: commercial activity and market production by the nobles; Corvees et travail salarie dans les exploitations seigneuriales de la Hongrie des XVIe et XVIIe siecles; Neuvieme et dA (R)me seigneuriale au XVIIe siecle en Hongrie; Leventine trade and Hungary in the Middle Ages (theses, controversies, arguements); The Transylvanian route of Levantine trade at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries; Zur Geschichte der Handelsbeziehungen zwischen A-sterreich und Ungarn im 15. und 16. Jahrhundert; The shifting of international trade routes in the 15th-17th centuries; The role of East-Central Europe in international trade (16th and 17th centuries); The East-Central European aspect of the overseas discoveries and colonization; Business mentality and Hungarian national character; Addenda; Index.