Jake Dyble

Department: History
Discipline: History
Research Centre/Unit: AveTransRisk - ERC-funded project

Project Summary

My thesis will focus on Livorno, a cosmopolitan free-port in central Italy. Specifically, it will examine the development and operation of 'general average' (GA), a quasi-legal instrument used to share extraordinary costs associated with a maritime voyage across interested parties. GA will provide a platform from which to explore a) the relationships between culture, institutions, and economic growth as well as b) the interplay between cosmopolitan communities of merchants and increasingly formidable state structures. I am working under the umbrella of the ERC project 'Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization' (AveTransRisk).