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Greek Wine between Cairo, Venice and London in the Early 15th Century Print
Brown Bag Seminar, Speaker: Dr. phil. des. Georg Christ, Universität Heidelberg
28 September 2009, 12.15-13.45 Anna Nussbaum Auditorium, World Trade Institute, Berne, Switzerland

Greek Wine between Cairo, Venice and London in the Early 15th Century: Multilateral Trading Systems Revisited

Speaker: Dr. phil. des. Georg Christ, Universität Heidelberg

Case studies of legal and illegal trade in Cretan wine and its restrictions between Venetian Crete, metropolitan Venice, London and Cairo inform an analysis of the international trading system which linked Venice to Cairo and London in the 15th and early 16th century. The focus will be on the question whether the institutions governing this trade were based on multilateral, bilateral or unilateral arrangements.

Furthermore, it will be investigated whether these arrangements were formal or informal and to which extent the formal ones, i.e. the Venetian, English and Mamluk laws could be imposed. We shall see that there was no formalized multilateral trade agreement governing the trade in Greek wine in the Later Middle Ages. However, de facto the informal arrangements were somehow more multilateral then they appeared; they were based on the simple “tit for tat” as their enforcement mechanism and used information effects and reprisals. We might wonder to what extent this historical data might alter our view of the contemporary multilateral trading system.

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