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Economic Situation of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck 1284 to 1811

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Hammel-Kiesow, Rolf (Archiv der Hansestadt Lübeck)
Publication Date
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    This study on the Hanseatic city of Lübeck has been created within the scope of the joint research project ´Wirtschaftliche Wechsellagen im hansischen Wirtschaftsraum 1300-1800´ (“Changing economic situations within the Hanseatic economic area”). The research project ´ Changing economic situations within the Hanseatic economic area 1300-1800´ was patronised by the Volkswagen-Stiftung in line with the company`s promotional focus ´Forschungen zur frühneuzeitlichen Geschichte: Das Alte Reich im europäischen Kontext´ (´Research on Early Modern Times: The Old Reich in the European context´), which is a cooperative international project, with the participation of 35 researchers from 10 European countries and Canada. The project traces the intertemporal relations of the Hanseatic League`s economic structure in its own area, as well as the changes of these relations within their regional and “international” context on the basis of historical and economic time series. In doing so, the study aims at: I. – establishing economic-historical time series for the economic area of the Hanseatic League in the period between 1300 and 1800, detailed comments on the original dates and on the gold and silver equivalents of the relevant fiat money systems for the translation of the nominal data. II. – statistical analyses of time series with regard to the economic cycle and to changing economic situations. Economic-historical time series are considered visible indicators of economic processes. In order to identify these changing economic situations and cycles, the deployed time series underwent an empirical-statistical description. The expected findings aim for the compilation of pre-industrial time series. Furthermore, they examine the possible existence of periodical cycles and the question if such circles – compared with regard to space and time - took the same or opposite directions. III. – the interpretation of these time series in respect of selected historical questions. Above all, the examination of the progression forms of the time series shall determine whether the named time periods are marked by an equal, or a different, cyclical development within the Hanseatic League`s economic area (in relation to comparable time series), and in which areas these equal or different progressions occured. Thereby “internationally” consistent processes and regional patterns of the economic development and cycle should be determined, as well as (if detectable) causal relations between these time series. In modern economic history, the term “Principle of interdependency” is used to define the mutual regional influences; in addition, the “Principle of homogeneity” is deployed to examine the regions (or smaller regional units) with similar structures. IV. – the comparison of the obtained results with the disposable agricultural price series in order to identify the connection between the agricultural production as the central growth factor in pre-industrial times, and the production curves of commercial goods as well as the economic cycles of trade and investment goods. This study on the Hanseatic city of Lübeck comprises about 30 time series from the period between 1284 and 1811, whereby their majority covers the years from 1424 until 1609. As concerns their function, these time series refer exclusively to the Third Sector, i.e. trades and services.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1284 / 1811
Geographic Coverage
  • Historical German lands (-1871) (DQDE)
    Economic area of the Hanseatic League, City of Luebeck
Collection Mode
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 528
    Number of Variables: 19
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8188 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Ausführlich siehe den Abschnitt Publikationen aus dem Teilprojekt "Wirtschaftliche Wechsellagen der Hansestadt Lübeck 1284-1811" in der Studienbeschreibung.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 86 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23

Hammel-Kiesow, Rolf (2005): Wirtschaftliche Wechsellagen der Hansestadt Lübeck 1284-1811. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.