September 18, 2007

September 18, 2007 - The Urban World of Business Background...

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The Urban World of Business Background o After the fall of Western Empire, urban cities were abandoned o Urban cities were gone but some continued as hollow shells o By 12 th and 13 th centuries, things started to pick up and grow o Two main trade routes: Northern Italy (Southern side) and Low Country/Northern France (North Side) Relation to rural transformations o Increase in population in rural areas o Increase in agricultural production that could be traded o Gradual disintegration of manorial system o Serfs were now free to move moved to urban areas o Helped develop urban centers become areas of commerce and industry today Northern Italy o Became the link between the East and the West Maintained connections with Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine/Ottoman Empire) Became a commercial middlemen in a network of long distance trade Goods from east used in Northern Europe for textiles, medicine, food (pepper and ginger) o Urban growth Started in port cities of Pisa, Genoa and Venice Milan: 200 000 Venice, Florence and Genoa: 100 000 +
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