Mediterranean Maritime Supremacy, 1500-1700 (HIH2111A)

30 credits

The module analyzes the importance of the arrival of the ‘northerners’ (English and ‘Flemish’) into the Mediterranean, the ways in which this unsettled the local balance of maritime and commercial powers, and the crucial consequences this had for European history at large. It investigates in depth the consequences of the geographical ‘discoveries’ on the structure of Mediterranean trade, the crucial role of technology in the development of shipping, and the practical ways in which the English and ‘Flemish’ contributed to the decline of local powers such as Genoa, Venice and the Ottoman Empire.