Cities of Commerce: The Institutional Foundations of International Trade in the Low Countries, 1250-1650

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Cities of Commerce develops a model of institutional change in European commerce based on urban rivalry. Cities continuously competed with each other by adapting commercial, legal, and financial institutions to the evolving needs of merchants. Oscar Gelderblom traces the successive rise of Bruges, Antwerp, and Amsterdam to commercial primacy between 1250 and 1650, showing how dominant cities feared being displaced by challengers while lesser cities sought to keep up by cultivating policies favorable to trade. He argues that ...

Cities of Commerce: The Institutional Foundations of International Trade in the Low Countries, 1250-1650 2015, Princeton University Press

ISBN-13: 9780691168203

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Cities of Commerce: The Institutional Foundations of International Trade in the Low Countries, 1250-1650 2013, Princeton University Press, New Jersey

ISBN-13: 9780691142883

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