The German Hansa and Bergen 1100-1600
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In the 13th and 14th centuries German Hansa merchants dominated North European maritime trade. They created trade settlements abroad and new towns in the Baltic. The Kontor in Bergen was the largest of these settlements and had ca. 1000 residents in winter, increasing to 2000 in summer. Its counterpart was a Norwegian state whose authority declined after 1319. The resulting military, administrative and judicial relations are unique in Northern Europe. The great expansion in the Bergen stockfish trade took place 1250-1320 and declined after the Black Death. Norwegian merchants and state officials found the Kontor presence problematic, but stockfish producing households between Bergen and the Barents Sea saw the trade as a source of economic welfare and better food security.
- Arnved Nedkvitne
- Born 1947 Dr. philos. University of Bergen 1983 Professor of medieval history University of Trondheim 1991-1993 Professor of medieval history University of Oslo 1994-2009 Arnved Nedkvitne is professor emeritus of Medieval history from the universities of Trondheim and Oslo. His fields of study have included Norwegian urban history, foreign trade, the economy of coastal communities and pre-modern social organisation.