Les activités économiques des familles vénitiennes dans l’Adriatique (XIIe et XIIIe siècles). In Les réseaux familiaux: antiquité tardive et moyen âge. In memoriam A. Laiou et É. Patlagean, , 325-332. Paris: ACHCByz.Abstract. 2012.
Over the course of the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, the Adriatic Sea underwent profound political and economic transformations. Among the most enduring of these was the expansion of Venetian control over the Adriatic sea-lanes that so marked the subsequent history of the region. Drawing on the rich familial archives of Venice, this paper offers a sketch of the ways in which this expansion spurred the commercial activities of Venetian families within the region, activities that themselves served to reinforce Venetian economic dominance and ultimately to integrate the Adriatic into a regional trade system. In particular, it argues that the increasing importance of the Adriatic region to Venice’s economic well-being, as well as the development of a specifically intra-Adriatic trade system, can be seen in a striking shift in the private commercial activities of Venetian merchants around the year 1200.