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Cambridge Studies in Economic History - Second Series: Trade and Institutions in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Geniza Merchants and their Business World (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Economic History - Second Series: Trade and Institutions in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Geniza Merchants and their Business World (Hardback)

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Hardback 450 Pages / Published: 23/08/2012
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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107005471
Number of pages: 450
Weight: 770 g
Dimensions: 229 x 147 x 33 mm


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'Goldberg brilliantly combines a historian's knowledge of detail and an economist's conceptual framework to enrich our understanding of transactions and their governance. She shows how the many-dimensional relationships among traders interact with multiple institutions enforcing property rights and contracts; this brings the research frontier closer to relevance and applicability. Her book is a must-read for researchers and students not only in medieval and economic history, but also in institutional and development economics.' Avinash Dixit, John J. F. Sherrerd '52 University Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Princeton University, New Jersey
'Anyone interested in the history of the Mediterranean and its implications for the development of capitalism will have to read this book. It offers an exacting and innovative reading of a difficult and fascinating trove of records that have generated heated scholarly debates for over a century.' Francesca Trivellato, Yale University, Connecticut
'Succeeds in painting a coherent and compelling picture of a trading community, while still maintaining technical precision. The result is that one learns, and even enters, a world of foreign categories and remarkable social-economic mechanisms.' Joshua Holo, H-Judaic
"Goldberg brilliantly combines a historian's knowledge of detail and an economist's conceptual framework to enrich our understanding of transactions and their governance. She shows how the many-dimensional relationships among traders interact with multiple institutions enforcing property rights and contracts; this brings the research frontier closer to relevance and applicability. Her book is a must-read for researchers and students not only in medieval and economic history, but also in institutional and development economics." Avinash Dixit, John J. F. Sherrerd '52 University Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Princeton University, New Jersey
"Anyone interested in the history of the Mediterranean and its implications for the development of capitalism will have to read this book. It offers an exacting and innovative reading of a difficult and fascinating trove of records that have generated heated scholarly debates for over a century." Francesca Trivellato, Yale University, Connecticut
"Trade and Institutions in the Medieval Mediterranean succeeds in painting a coherent and compelling picture of a trading community, while still maintaining technical precision. The result is that one learns, and even enters, a world of foreign categories and remarkable social-economic mechanisms." Joshua Holo, H-Judaic (networks.h-net.org/h-judaic)

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