Lisbon, 17-20 July 2013
Colonial (Mis)Understandings. Portugal and Europe in Global Perspective, 1450-1900
Changes in European trade during the overseas expansion, 1450-1550 (call for papers must be submitted by 8 Feb.)
In 1459, Afonso V of Portugal (1438-81) commissioned a world map made by the Venetian geographer Fra Mauro, which would depict some of the newly found lands and beyond. The Portuguese were exploring unchartered territory, adding new markets and commodities to the European commercial system, and radically changing the perception that fifteenth-century European princes, cartographers, and merchants had of their world. The voyages of exploration would influence politics, trade, and economic networks, but also culture, art, and architecture.
The aim of this panel is to address how the changes caused by the overseas expansion were understood by European traders, and what was the effect of those transformations in their commercial activities and economic relationship in global perspective roughly from 1450 to 1550.
Speakers are asked to challenge models and explanations found in conventional national economic histories by considering cross-cultural approaches that explore how the overseas expansion provoked changes in trade and traders; merchant communities and institutional relationship; products, markets, and commercial systems; socioeconomic and cultural life.
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