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Sailing into modernity: Comparative Perspectives on the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century European Economic Transition
Since Fernand Braudel coined the expression ‘invasion of the northerners’, the subject of how English and Dutch shipping overtook local Mediterranean powers has been a classic topic of early modern economic history. To explain their success, several hypotheses have been brought forward, mostly focussing on English and Dutch technological superiority, and their better resilience towards pirates’ threats. Still, if their success is evident, we know little about the details of how this happened in practice, due to the poor survival of traditional economic documentation for this period, and existing debates have effectively stalled because of a lack of detailed comparative research.
This project will provide a methodologically novel approach by utilising primary evidence connected with legal history to elucidate issues of economic growth and business organization in the shipping sector, which in the period under investigation was the most critical sector of the European economy, and an essential tool to the emergence of the West.
The University of Exeter, The Queen’s Drive, Exeter,
Devon, UK EX4 4QJ
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