Focus on organization, institutions, and commercial practices in the Mediterranean: a long-term analysis

To understand the present problems and the opportunities of social and economic development of the Mediterranean it is necessary to deal with its history. This may be the core which at present provides a major impulse in the research carried out in this common area. An interest which evidently emerges in light of the new season of partnership inaugurated with the Declaration of Barcelona (1995). In the framework of the scientific activities of the Euro-Mediterranean Ramses 2 network, inspired and coordinated by the Maison Mèditerranèenne des Sciences de l'Homme d'Aix-en-Provence and financed by the European Union in the context of the SIXTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME PRIORITY, "Citizens and Governance in Knowledge-based Society", the 'Istituto di Studi sulle Società del Mediterraneo' of the National Research Council (Naples-Italy) has initiated a reflection on commerce in the Mediterranean with international research groups.