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Port of Trade or Commodity Market? Livorno and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Mediterranean (2020)


This article critiques the application of Karl Polanyi's port of trade model to the development of Livorno, which has often been ascribed to commercial brokerage across cultural, political, and ecological frontiers. Livorno's neutrality during times of war and its position in the corsair and privateering economies would appear to support just such an interpretation of Livorno's growth. Nevertheless, while such interstitial roles were real, by the 1640s they were subordinate to the larger currents of regional and long-distance trade. Livorno's development is better explained with reference to the rise of commodity markets as entrepôts for managing far-flung distribution networks. The Tuscan port's rapid rise should be understood as an integral phenomenon of early modern capitalism, more akin to places such as London or Amsterdam than to the ports of trade studied by Polanyi.

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Authors & Contributors
Margócsy, Dániel
Rodríguez-Guerrero, José
McCusker, John J.
Roberts, Lissa Louise
Jones, Claire
Biagioli, Mario
Business History Review
Azogue: Revista Electrónica Dedicada al Estudio Histórico-Crítico de la Alquimia
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
Atti e Memorie, Rivista di Storia della Farmacia
Technai, An International Journal for Ancient Science and Technology
Macmillan Reference
LIT Verlag
Pickering & Chatto
University of Chicago Press
Harvard University
Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books
Science and economics
Business history
Algarotti, Vittorio
Holwarda, Johannes Phocylides
Ruysch, Frederick
Seba, Albertus
Time Periods
Early modern
17th century
18th century
19th century
20th century
Mediterranean region
Tuscany (Italy)
Dutch East India Company

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