Konferenz 2018

Marktes and their Agents

Basel, 21st and 22nd of June, 2018

Thursday, 21st June 2018

ULLA KYPTA (Basel) welcoming remarks

Everyone’s a market actor?

FRANZISKA QUAAS (Hamburg): Towards a Different Type of Market Exchange in the Early Middle Ages. The Sacrum Commercium and its Agents

15:00-15:30 coffee break

Public institutions

EVA TREIN NIELSEN (Copenhagen): Facilitating Trade in Scandinavia in the 12-14th Centuries – Mutual Trust created through Control and Regulations to the Benefit of All

FRANZISKA NEUMANN (Rostock): Hybrid Bureaucracy. The Mining Administration as Market Agent in the 16th Century

17:00-17:30 coffee break


MARIA CIEŚLA (Warsaw): Jewish Merchants and their Partners in Grand Duchy of Lithuania

Key note lecture

OSCAR GELDERBLOM (Utrecht): Private Initiative – Public Benefit: The Rise of Amsterdam’s Financial Market in the Seventeenth Century

20:00 Apéro

Friday, 22nd June 2018

Brokers between buyers and sellers

MICHAEL ROTHMANN (Hannover): Gatekeepers of economic networks: Brokers in medieval textile markets

09:15-09:45 coffee break

MARCO TOMASZEWSKI (Freiburg/ Breisgau): Merchants, Brokers, ‚Peasants‘ and the Market for Raw Linen in Early Modern St. Gall Brokers between different markets

KLEMENS KAPS (Vienna): Agency and market power of a mediator between internal and international markets: The Greppi Marliani Company as commercial connector between the Habsburg dominions and Spanish colonial markets in the second half of the 18th century

11:15-11:45 coffee break

HEINRICH LANG (Bamberg): Secondary Markets for Profit from Bankruptcy: The Loans to the French Crown and the Florentine Bankers as Agents of Markets in the 16th century

MARIA ALEKSANDROVA (Moscow): concluding remarks

Markets and the agents who shaped and created them are the subject of the 6th annual conference of the research group on premodern economic history. Markets feature prominently in recent
research. Discussions cover the questions, for example, how a market can be grasp as a place,
an event or a mechanism of exchange, or whether premodern economies have just hosted
markets or if some of them can even be regarded as market economies.
The conference in Basel will now turn to the agents who forged and connected markets.
Exchange was done between persons and with the help of persons: Artisans, retailers and poor
people tried to better their living conditions by engaging on the market, merchants
interconnected different markets, urban personnel (such as brokers, men working at the public
scales, or the town council as a whole) regulated and facilitated exchange.
By focusing on economic practices and the agents who performed them, the conference aims
at analyzing the specific characteristics of premodern markets, at studying the reasons why
people became active on the market and at scrutinizing the institutions which formed exchange
processes and were in turn shaped by them.
Contributions can cover the following questions, among others:
• Which types of agents (people, groups of people, corporations) interacted on or between
premodern markets? How did they shape markets and the integration between markets?
• How did market exchange alter or modify the options that economic agents faced?
• Which rules, norms and interests shaped the actions that were carried out on premodern
• What kind of actions can be considered as market exchange?
• How did market exchange differ from other forms of exchange, for example donations
or taxes?
• How, when and where did markets develop into a market economy (or vice versa)?
• How were regulations justified and how were they put into praxis?
• Did actions on the market or in a market economy somehow change the course of
economic development?

Call for Paper: Markets and their Agents