Conflict management (Miranda)Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz
Research on merchants abroad easily lends itself to analysis of the urban laws & institutions of their host cities – and questions of urban autonomy and its influences. In today's #RetroConflictsInspirations, the spotlight is on Portuguese merchants abroad.
Flávio Miranda provides a test of recent historiography with empirical data, by examining the processes of (commercial) conflict management: how did Portuguese merchants protect their interests, what problems/disputes did they face, what strategies were applied? The question then is, if it is possible to confirm the existence of any link between significant differences in rules, laws & institutions, and the merchants’ choice of markets? A question just as relevant for our Hanse merchants. One observation intrigues from the viewpoint of our project: “... ‘privilege’ seems to have been the keyword, rather than anything else, measured in terms of the economic advantages [Portuguese] merchants could have for trading in a specific territory.” (p.28) The inter-connectivity between foreign urban institutions, urban autonomy, legal/diplomatic networks and mercantile interests/privileges abroad, in relation to #conflictmanagement, is one to keep in mind on this (rainy) Monday afternoon.