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Mediterranean Reconfigurations

Intercultural Trade, Commercial Litigation, and Legal Pluralism

The book series Mediterranean Reconfigurations is devoted to the analyses of historical change in the Mediterranean over a long period (15th - 19th centuries), challenging totalizing narratives that “Westernize” Mediterranean history as having led naturally to European domination in the 19th and 20th centuries. In reality, the encounters of Muslim, Jewish, Armenian and Protestant merchants and sailors with legal customs and judicial practices different from their own gave rise to legal and cultural creativity throughout the Mediterranean. Through the prism of commercial litigation, the series thus offers a more accurate and deeper understanding of the practices of intercultural trade, in a context profoundly shaped by legal pluralism and multiple and overlapping spaces of jurisdiction. Comparative case studies offer empirically-based indicators for both regional and more general processes, here called "Mediterranean reconfigurations", e.g. the changing interplay and positioning of individual and institutional actors on different levels in a variety of commercial and legal contexts.

Edited by John Hudson

This series looks at the literature (Latin and vernacular, church and secular) of law, as well as legal practice and its context in Europe from Justinian in the 6th century down to the 1560s. It provides a forum for interdisciplinary scholarly work – original monographs, article collections, editions of primary sources, translations – in the fields of the history of law, historical anthropology, social/cultural history, material culture (sumptuary laws), political and economic history, church history, dispute theory and history of rhetoric, aiming to build a bridge between the history of law and other fields in medieval studies. It will accept studies on Roman and canon law, English common law, Continental customary law, and Jewish and Islamic law.

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The series published an average of two volumes per year over the last 5 years.