A General History of Free Ports: The Global Impact of European Political Economy

Conference, 5-6 June 2019

Organised by the Centre for Intellectual History  (Unioninkatu 38, room A205)

This event is part of the project “A Global His­tory of Free Ports: Cap­it­al­ism, Com­merce and

Geo­pol­it­ics (1600–1900)”, see: www.helsinki.fi/a-global-history-of-free-ports

For more information: koen.stapelbroek@helsinki.fi


5 June 2019, 9:00-15:00

Chair: Mónica García-Salmones

9-9:30, Welcome and introduction. Koen Stapelbroek and Corey Tazzara

9:30-10:15, Corey Tazzara, Empirical and Theoretical Questions about the Origins of Free Ports: Comparing the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean

Coffee break

10:30-11:15, Patrick Neveling, What’s special? Towards a global historical comparison of free ports, special economic zones, and other enclaved political-economic institutions

11:15-12:00, Megan Maruschke, From the Free Port to the Free Zone: Questioning the Narrative of Continuity

Lunch break

Chair: Kari Saastamoinen

12:45-13:30, Fidel Tavarez, “Comercio libre y protegido”: Havana and Spain’s Intra-Imperial System of Free Trade

13:30-14:15, Koen Stapelbroek, The changing scope for a Dutch general free port: political economy and pamphlets in the early 19th century

14:15-15:00, Marcella Aglietti. ‘Of the prodigious virtue of every free port’, Cadiz, Livorno and the function of European free ports in historical-institutional perspective from a memorandum by Manuel María Gutiérrez (1830)


6 June 2019, 9:00-13:00

Chair: Jani Marjanen

9:00-9:45, Victor Wilson, Scandinavian Free Ports and the Long Continuity of Atlantic Free Trade

9:45-10:30, Giulia Delogu, Free ports: states of nature or artifacts against nature? The political debate in Venice in the early 19th century

Coffee break

10:45-11:30, Lasse Heerten, Berlin’s Gate to the World: The Free Port of Hamburg and the German Empire

11:30-12:15, Aleksandr Turbin, The rise of national economy thought in the Russian Empire and the Free Port question on the Pacific Coast in the 1880s

12:15-13:00, Concluding discussion.