The character of commercial fishing in Icelandic waters in the fifteenth century

Gardiner, Mark (2016) The character of commercial fishing in Icelandic waters in the fifteenth century. In: Cod and Herring: The Archaeology and History of Medieval Sea Fishing. Oxbow Books, Oxford, pp. 80-90. ISBN 9781785702396

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Three key points are advanced in this paper. The first is that for the English the businesses of fishing and trade in the North Atlantic were inseparable. This does not mean that every vessel did both, but rather that it is wrong to assume that most ships were engaged exclusively in either fishing or trade. The second point is that the participants in fishing operations were working according to different strategies, which become comprehensible once we understand the cultural context in which their decisions were made. The final point is that the study of the fishing by the English and an understanding of the trading operations by the Hansa has helped to clarify the emerging concept of second-stage commercialisation of the fishing industry.

Keywords:Fishing history, Hanse, Iceland
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V141 Modern History 1500-1599
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V310 Economic History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
ID Code:28076
Deposited On:02 Aug 2017 13:52

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