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Aspects of the maritime transport evolution during the middle ages


  • Cupsa Ovidiu-Sorin

    (Constanta Maritime University)


The evolution of the naval transports during history has not been a linear one, not even a unidirectional one. It has been characterized by moments of isolated development or of downfall, by a non-uniform growth of the transport markets and most of the times there is no sufficient data that attests every transited step. Generally, the evolution of the naval transports has been a concomitant process with the one of the development of the commerce. The evolution of the transport fleets was also a parallel process with the evolution of the war fleets, which have determined the political control of the markets. The Middle Ages were characterized by a fracture of the markets due to the fall of the Roman Empire, fracture that had as a consequence an unprecedented contraction in the history of the world of the maritime transport markets. This contraction lasted for nearly a millennium, having a powerful reanimation not until around the 1500s, along with the Renaissance

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  • Cupsa Ovidiu-Sorin, 2011. "Aspects of the maritime transport evolution during the middle ages," Constanta Maritime University Annals, Constanta Maritime University, vol. 16(2), pages 25-28.
  • Handle: RePEc:cmc:annals:v:16:y:2011:i:2:p:25-28

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    • R0 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General


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