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- Goldberg, Jessica, 1969-
- Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
- Cambridge studies in economic history.
Cambridge studies in economic history
xxi, 426 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
- Jewish merchants -- Mediterranean Region -- History -- To 1500.
Commerce -- History -- Medieval, 500-1500.
Mediterranean Region -- Commerce -- History.
- "The Geniza merchants of the eleventh-century Mediterranean - sometimes called the 'Maghribi traders' - are central to controversies about the origins of long-term economic growth and the institutional bases of trade. In this book, Jessica Goldberg reconstructs the business world of the Geniza merchants, maps the shifting geographic relationships of the medieval Islamic economy and sheds new light on debates about the institutional framework for later European dominance. Commercial letters, business accounts and courtroom testimony bring to life how these medieval traders used personal gossip and legal mechanisms to manage far-flung agents, switched business strategies to manage political risks and asserted different parts of their fluid identities to gain advantage in the multicultural medieval trading world. This book paints a vivid picture of the everyday life of Jewish merchants in Islamic societies and adds new depth to debates about medieval trading institutions with unique quantitative analyses and innovative approaches"-- Provided by publisher.
- Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction: two tales; Part I. Institutions: 2. Merchants in their community; 3. The uses of commercial correspondence; 4. The nature of merchants' trade; 5. The human landscape: business relationships, institutions of law and government; 6. Conclusion to Part I; Part II. Geographies: 7. The geography of information; 8. Commodities in a regional market; 9. Individual geographies of trade; 10. The contracting geography of the eleventh-century merchant network; 11. Conclusion: tThe Mediterranean through the eyes of Geniza merchants; Glossary of terms; Bibliography.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Class of 1891 Department of Arts Fund.
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Albert C. Baugh Book Fund.
- Class of 1891 Department of Arts Fund.
Albert C. Baugh Book Fund.
- 9781107005471 (hardback)
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