Hanseatic League

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Han·se·at·ic League

A former economic and defensive confederation of free towns in northern Germany and neighboring areas. Traditionally dated to a protective alliance formed by Lübeck and Hamburg in 1241, it reached the height of its power in the 1300s and held its last official assembly in 1669.

Hanseatic League

(Historical Terms) a commercial association of towns in N Germany formed in the mid-14th century to protect and control trade. It was at its most powerful in the 15th century. Also called: Hansa or Hanse

Han′seat′ic League′

a medieval league of towns of N Germany and adjacent countries for the promotion and protection of commerce.
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Noun1.Hanseatic League - a commercial and defensive confederation of free cities in northern Germany and surrounding areas; formed in 1241 and most influential in the 14th century when it included over 100 towns and functioned as an independent political power; the last official assembly was held in 1669
confederacy, confederation, federation - a union of political organizations
Bergen - a port city in southwestern Norway
Bremen - a city of northwestern Germany linked by the Weser River to the port of Bremerhaven and the North Sea; in the Middle Ages it was a leading member of the Hanseatic League
Dortmund - an industrial city in northwestern Germany; flourished from the 13th to 17th century as a member of the Hanseatic League
Cologne, Koln - a commercial center and river port in western Germany on the Rhine River; flourished during the 15th century as a member of the Hanseatic League
Halle, Halle-an-der-Saale - a city in the Saxony region of Germany on the Saale River; a member of the Hanseatic League during the 13th and 14th centuries
Hamburg - a port city in northern Germany on the Elbe River that was founded by Charlemagne in the 9th century and is today the largest port in Germany; in 1241 it formed an alliance with Lubeck that became the basis for the Hanseatic League
Hannover, Hanover - a port city in northwestern Germany; formerly a member of the Hanseatic League
Lubeck - a city in northwestern Germany and an important Baltic port; a leading member of the Hanseatic League
Rostock - a city in northeastern Germany near the Baltic sea; an important member of the Hanseatic League in the 14th century
Bruges, City of Bridges - a city in northwestern Belgium that is connected by canal to the North Sea; in the 13th century it was a leading member of the Hanseatic League; the old city (known as the City of Bridges) is a popular tourist attraction
Danzig, Gdansk - a port city of northern Poland near the mouth of the Vistula River on a gulf of the Baltic Sea; a member of the Hanseatic League in the 14th century
Tartu - a city of southeastern Estonia that was a member of the Hanseatic League
capital of Latvia, Riga - a port city on the Gulf of Riga that is the capital and largest city of Latvia; formerly a member of the Hanseatic League
Klaipeda, Memel - a city in western Lithuania on the Baltic Sea; formerly an important trading town of the Hanseatic League

Hanseatic League

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The Hanseatic League -- a medieval association of northern German merchants and later many cities along the North and Baltic Sea coastlines and inland -- is widely considered one of the world's earliest free trade zones.
As for my mother's ancestors we can't be so far off a historic record of a German sailor who must have washed up here in the Middle Ages, the days of the Hanseatic League.
Overall, though, this is an inspiring book, full of surprises: Irish monks inventing punctuation; the Hanseatic League foreshadowing the conflict between nation states and global capitalism; medieval scribes applying their skills to forging institutional charters besides their better-known work of illuminating manuscripts.
In his excellent book "God and Gold," Walter Russell Mead points out that in the 16th century, many countries were poised to advance economically and politically -- Northern Italy's city-states, the Hanseatic League, the Low countries, France, Spain.
Chapters are: the Early Hansas; the oGolden Ageo of the Hanseatic League; the Hanseatic League in the Early Modern Period; Kontors and outposts; social networks; the Baltic trade.
Rather than being subsumed under a constitutional authority, the cities comprising the Hanseatic League exhibited a polycentric governance structure, which required governance arrangements to be self-enforcing (Fink 2012, p.
The sides discussed the cooperation in economic and trade relations and the connection of the Great Silk Road with the Hanseatic League.
Bergen lies on a peninsular surrounded by seven mountains and was a member of the Hanseatic League - a cartel of trading seaports which included London, Bremen, Lubeck and Bruges.
Known collectively as Tricity -- or Trojmiasto in Polish -- they have witnessed key chapters in European history from the early years of the Hanseatic League mercantile association in the 14th Century through to the birth of the resistance movement Solidarity, the trade union that played a major role in the collapse of Communism in 1989.
In the Middle Ages, the city was the northernmost outpost of the Hanseatic League and played a vital role in this trading union stretching from London to Novgorod in Russia.
You'll be catapulted right back into the 1600s when Bremen was a wealthy and successful member of the Hanseatic League.
In its heyday the Hanseatic League was a powerful organization of German merchants that dominated overseas trade in northern Europe from the 13th to the 15th century.