Institute of mediterranean europe history (ISEM)


Transmission of technical knowledge in pre-industrial age: Genoese ship-builders from the Middle Age to the Modern Age.

The historiography on the productive activities in the Middle Ages and in the first years of the Modern age, has privileged their economic aspects or has focalised the attention on the productive processes and on manufacturing. A lesser interest is given to the actors of the production, except for what concerns the legal and institutional aspects linked to the artisan corporations. In many Italian cities, besides the social stratification, there was an intermediate cultural layer among men of ...