IXth International Conference on Urban History

August 27-30, 2008

Lyon France
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 Session description

The Baltic Sea Region 1700-1900. Trade, credits and family relations across the sea.

It seems that family relations and marriages were an important factor in early modern trade. Networks across the Baltic Sea were not only of an economic, but also of a social character. When risks and credits had to be managed reputation, personal credibility and family ties were of crucial importance. Studying Baltic trade it is important to adapt a transnational perspective. The large networks influenced all trading Baltic towns creating a collective aspect of the identity of the trading families and companies. In what ways did towns and networks around and across the Baltic Sea differ from each other and how did these differences impact trade and communication?

To this session we invite researchers with papers concerning case or network studies on companies, families or persons trading across the Baltic Sea. Also papers on political questions or economic legislation are welcome if they are relevant to our approach.

Session conveners:

  • Jessica Parland-von Essen

Session type: Specialist Session

Classification: EM/M - Early Modern to Modern


Merchant widows in Stockholm and Turku 1750-1820

Author(s): Bladh, Christine 

Religious networks, merchants and the question of trust in the Baltic merchant networks during the 18th century

Author(s): Mickwitz, Joachim 

The change of cooperative competition in the merchant community of Pori 1820-1840

Author(s): Keskinen, Jarkko 

The hierarchic spatial structure of Dutch timber export trade in the Gulf of Finland, 1722-1780

Author(s): Scheltjens, Werner