Putting the Late Medieval North-Eastern Adriatic on the Regional Communication Map
Abstract Placing the late medieval NorthEastern Adriatic into the framework of interregional longdistance communication is an undertaking that is with modernday level of knowledge of the area at hand in the late Middle Ages difficult to carry out. Its economic history in the period in question is anything but articulated. Just as unarticulated and blurry is the image of its economic magnitude and that of its embeddedness in the economic life of the area extending from the Italian peninsula in the west to Central Europe in the north and the east and the Balkan peninsula in the south. This image is marked by several decisive factors that do not have much to do with the Middle Ages. Some of them can be derived directly from the existing national historiographic narratives around the Adriatic Sea. This is more than just a conflict of nationalisms in or for the area in question; the image is impacted by the very nature of the formation of national history as well. The general courses of European historiography in the second half of the 20th century, its preoccupation and methods also played a role in making this image difficult to adjust. The lack of typical sources for the late medieval social and economic history of the area in the period of rise of social and economic historiography in the 1960s and 1970s had a vast impact on the modernday balance of knowledge of the social and economic history of this space and its surroundings it in the late Middle Ages. One of the factors that had to be taken into consideration when putting that part of the world on a late medieval regional communication map is of a completely different nature: the complexity of the historiographical perception and reception of the term NorthEastern Adriatic.