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John Tolan, Henry Laurens, and Gilles Veinstein

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147055

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147055.001.0001

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In Search of Egyptian Gold

In Search of Egyptian Gold

Traders in the Mediterranean

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(p.70) Chapter 4 In Search of Egyptian Gold
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Europe and the Islamic World
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John Tolan

Gilles Veinstein

Henry Laurens

, Jane Marie Todd
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691147055.003.0005

This chapter shows the profound impact of trade on all the societies it touched, especially from the twelfth century on. In the Mediterranean world, commerce established strong ties between the European seaport cities (such as Pisa, Venice, Genoa, and Barcelona) and ports in the Muslim world. The Arab world was located on the major axes of world trade, linked to India, China, Byzantium, Africa, and Europe. In the tenth century, Latin Europe was only a minor partner in these exchanges, but over the following centuries, commercial relations developed and contributed to an economic boom for both civilizations, turning the Mediterranean region into a single economic unit.

Keywords:   trade, commerce, Mediterranean traders, world trade, commercial relations

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