Via H-Soz-Kult, we learned of a call for papers for a conference on the institutional foundations of pre-modern long distance trade.
“In pre-industrial societies, long-distance trade constituted the most dynamic sector of the economy. Trade expansion increased the demand for goods, incentivizing growth of the manufacturing and service sectors. It facilitated social mobility and brought prosperity in its wake. For trade to expand, institutions need to develop that enforce contracts and secure property rights. In order to understand why trade flourished in some places, during some periods, and not in others, we need to understand how institutions develop and work” […]
The full call can be found here