The Hanseatic League
and the Concept of Functional Overlapping Competing Jurisdictions.
As a member of the Mediaeval Hanseatic League
, Riga remains full of mediaeval guild buildings and historic churches.
Are there any left there now who still hold to the merchant adventurer beliefs of our forebears, who fought their way northwards to open new routes to Moscow and destroy the trading monopoly of the Hanseatic League
, before then turning to explore westwards?
It is tragic that Beirut, Smyrna (Izmir), Alexandria and Istanbul were not able to form an international alliance of free ports, a Mediterranean version of Germany's Hanseatic League
These attempts included antipiracy agreements of the type forged during the Middle Ages by the Cinque Ports (a group of harbor towns on England's southeast coast) and by the Hanseatic League
(city-states on the North Sea and the Baltic).
The town also became an early trading member of the Hanseatic League
and erected a statue to honor its famous founder, Roland, at the entrance to the City Hall.
Central to the success of the Hanseatic League
was the cog.
Or will globalization create a new class of cities, a sort of global Hanseatic League
, increasingly divorced from surrounding hinterlands that may wither without them?
The new world scene harkens back to history--for example, the city states of the Hanseatic League
that around 1400 consisted of about 80 trading cities, among them Lubeck, Cologne and London, stretching across a broad swath of northern--Europe.
Lbeck was once one of the most influential cities in Europe as the capital of the Hanseatic League
, which controlled trade in the Baltic Sea.
The Hanseatic League
were German merchants who dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe for nearly 400 years.
In the same line as our authors, a novel idea recently offered by Paul Romer in the Atlantic Review proposes the recreation of chartered cities like those that formed the Hanseatic League
in the Middle Ages; in these entities "new cities with new rules" would be created that should attract business investment, as happened centuries ago.
a The book dispels stereotypes about medieval times: aThe aMiddle Agesa is not the university, the Cistercians, the Teutonic Hanseatic League
, or the statutes of the Arte della Lana, any more than it is the Summa of Thomas Aquinas or the Cathedral of Amiens.
GermanyAAEs second-biggest city after Berlin traces its trading credentials back to the medieval Hanseatic League
, a network of merchantsAAE guilds from London to Novgorod that dominated northern European trade for 200 years.
During that period, Tallinn attained fame and a powerful role in the Baltic Sea area through its membership in the Hanseatic League