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Trade, Long-distance
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1. Definition

“Long-distance” or “international” trade (for the Middle Ages and the first part of the early modern period a somewhat anachronistic term) constituted a central anchor of economic activity both within Europe and between Europe and extra-European economic zones. In contrast to local and regional trade, not to mention pedlary, long-distance trade covered great distances and provided for movement of goods and money between distant reg…

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Denzel, Markus A., “Trade, Long-distance”, 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 22 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019191>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831

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