Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

La transmissió de la informació i la seva importància en el comerç internacional baixmedieval

Dolors Pifarré Torres

Resum


This article analyses the great importance of information transmission in large-scale international trade that took place by the end of the 14th century. Due to commercial exchange between long-distant cities, there was a need to know which was the actual market situation, current prizes, transport details, and any factor that could affect economy. The financing of transactions also made necessary to know periodically the actual value of national currency and finance markets, and also promoted contact among bankers and merchants. These informative needs had an extra requirement: the speed in information transmission. Because of all this, different services were created. Some of them were widely used, and others, like “escarcella”, were only used by merchants. The analysis of these services shows an efficient corporate organisation, which analysis of these services shows an efficient corporate organisation, which had clear signs of modernity and showed the tendency to be used more widely.

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