Commercial and Financial Networks in Premodern Economies (14th -18th)
David Carvajal (University of Valladolid, Spain)
In recent times, researchers on Economic and Social History have started to employ the theoretical and practical fundaments of SNA to study economic relations, cultural ties or social groups like clergy or urban elites in some historical periods like Medieval and Modern times. Despite the problems and difficulties derived from the use of scarce and partial sources, the SNA has been a valuable tool in order to advance in the reconstruction of the underlying relational framework which was present in markets and commercial networks. But we've just started our work. Besides the formal viewpoints based in descriptions, the aim of this session is to reflect and discuss about the methodological approach and the capacity of SNA to generate a solid knowledge on financial-commercial flows, encouraged by bankers and merchants from all Europe. In that sense, we consider the analysis of the social capital from the SNA a crucial starting point to understand the relevance of networking in premodern economies.