The Routledge Handbook of Maritime Trade around Europe 1300-1600

Commercial Networks and Urban Autonomy

24 March 2017

The Routledge Handbook of Maritime Trade around Europe 1300-1600, edited by Wim Blockmans, Mikhail Krom, Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz (ASH) is published.

This book explores the links between maritime trading networks around Europe, from the Mediterranean and the Atlantic to the North and Baltic Seas. Maritime trade routes connected diverse geographical and cultural spheres, contributing to a more integrated Europe in both cultural and material terms. This volume explores networks’ economic functions alongside their intercultural exchanges, contacts and practical arrangements in ports on the European coasts.

The collection takes as its central question how shippers and merchants were able to connect regional and interregional trade circuits around and beyond Europe in the late medieval period. It is divided into four parts, with chapters in Part I looking across broad themes such as ships and sailing routes, maritime law, financial linkages and linguistic exchanges. In the following parts - divided into the Mediterranean, the Baltic Sea, and the Atlantic and North Seas - contributors present case studies addressing themes including conflict resolution, relations between different types of main ports and their hinterland, the local institutional arrangements supporting maritime trade, and the advantages and challenges of locations around the continent. The volume concludes with a summary that points to the extraterritorial character of trading systems during this fascinating period of expansion.


This comprehensive handbook is a fascinating resource for all those interested in the early history of European maritime trade. The highly stimulating volume entices the reader to undertake a magnificent journey to visit important maritime ports and thus to rethink the early stages of European integration.
Jüri Kivimäe, University of Toronto, Canada

This volume is a much needed synthesis of European Medieval Maritime trade, which presents an up to date state of the art of this active field. Its detailed case-studies and comparative framework will be useful both for students and for scholars.
Maria Fusaro, University of Exeter, UK


The Routledge Handbook of Maritime Trade around Europe 1300-1600

  • Wim Blockmans, Mikhail Krom, Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz (Eds.)
  • Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group Ltd, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • ISBN: 978 11 388 9950 6


Published by  Amsterdam School of Historical Studies