The Habsburg system of free port trade in the 19th century
Forthcoming in Mediterranea - ricerche storiche - n.43 August 2018, pp. 275-288.
PORTI FRANCHI E SCUOLE DI COMMERCIO: IL «SISTEMA» ASBURGICO DI TRIESTE E VENEZIA NELLA POLITICA ADRIATICA E MEDITERRANEA DEL XIX SECOLO
KEYWORDS: free ports, schools of commerce, Adriatic, Mediterranean, Venice, Trieste.
ABSTRACT: Italian and Austrian historiography have often examined the history of the free ports of Trieste and Venice and the birth of the relative schools of commerce as separate chapters, only occasionally connected. The launch of an international research project on the global history of free ports and new sources makes it possible to relate these events in a more direct relationship, and to show how the creation of the Schools of Commerce was an integral part of a broader strategy of the Habsburg monarchy in the Adriatic and Mediterranean politics.