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Hanseatic League
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1. Late Middle Ages

The Hanseatic League was a coalition of Low German merchants and towns to form a trading company, which carried on long-distance trade (Trade, Long-distance ) in northern Europe from the mid-12th century (the so-called early Hanseatic period) to the end of the 17th, dominating it between roughly 1300 and 1500.

In the 15th century, the Hanseatic League included some 70 cities that participated actively in i…

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Hammel-Kiesow, Rolf, “Hanseatic League”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020668>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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