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Material Culture and Diasporic Experiences : A Case of Medieval Hanse Merchants in the Baltic

Naum, Magdalena LU (2015) In Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association 26(1). p.72-86
Abstract
The Hanseatic League, a late medieval merchant association with roots in northern German towns, is credited with the establishment of extensive economic and geographic connections and considerable impact on the development of urban culture around the Baltic and the North Sea. Its merchants, regularly crossing the Seas and settling in foreign ports, created a network of diasporic communities often maintaining close physical and emotional connections with their home towns. This chapter focuses on the late medieval German diaspora in Kalmar (Sweden) and Tallinn (Estonia) and examines cultural and material practices of these communities. It theorizes about the role and meaning of everyday material culture for Hanseatic merchants and their... (More)
The Hanseatic League, a late medieval merchant association with roots in northern German towns, is credited with the establishment of extensive economic and geographic connections and considerable impact on the development of urban culture around the Baltic and the North Sea. Its merchants, regularly crossing the Seas and settling in foreign ports, created a network of diasporic communities often maintaining close physical and emotional connections with their home towns. This chapter focuses on the late medieval German diaspora in Kalmar (Sweden) and Tallinn (Estonia) and examines cultural and material practices of these communities. It theorizes about the role and meaning of everyday material culture for Hanseatic merchants and their families, and investigates how the material objects figured in the experience of relocation. It discusses the centrality of everyday things in rebuilding the migrants’ lives after relocation, constructing a sense of diaspora community and maintaining connections with families they left behind. (Less)
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migration, material culture, diaspora, the Hanse, Sweden: Estonia, late Middle Ages, everyday life
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Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association
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26
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1
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72 - 86
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American Anthropological Association
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1551-823X
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10.1111/apaa.12060
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  abstract     = {The Hanseatic League, a late medieval merchant association with roots in northern German towns, is credited with the establishment of extensive economic and geographic connections and considerable impact on the development of urban culture around the Baltic and the North Sea. Its merchants, regularly crossing the Seas and settling in foreign ports, created a network of diasporic communities often maintaining close physical and emotional connections with their home towns. This chapter focuses on the late medieval German diaspora in Kalmar (Sweden) and Tallinn (Estonia) and examines cultural and material practices of these communities. It theorizes about the role and meaning of everyday material culture for Hanseatic merchants and their families, and investigates how the material objects figured in the experience of relocation. It discusses the centrality of everyday things in rebuilding the migrants’ lives after relocation, constructing a sense of diaspora community and maintaining connections with families they left behind.},
  author       = {Naum, Magdalena},
  issn         = {1551-823X},
  keyword      = {migration,material culture,diaspora,the Hanse,Sweden: Estonia,late Middle Ages,everyday life},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {72--86},
  publisher    = {American Anthropological Association},
  series       = {Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association},
  title        = {Material Culture and Diasporic Experiences : A Case of Medieval Hanse Merchants in the Baltic},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/apaa.12060},
  volume       = {26},
  year         = {2015},
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