POST-BYZANTINE GREEK MERCHANTS OF THE FIFTEENTH-SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES
By Andronikos Falangas
Published in the Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora, Year 2007
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"The centuries that followed the spread of Ottoman domination throughout the Greek world, which culminated with the fall of Constantinople, are generally considered one of the darkest periods in the history of Hellenism. Nevertheless, many historical sources from the sixteenth-seventeenth centuries reveal the beginnings and growth of a merchant elite of Greek origin, their economic and cultural development, and the emergence of a Greek patriotism within this same group."
ANDRONIKOS FALANGAS received his PhD from Paris I, PantheonSorbonne. He is the author of forthcoming books on the humanist and prince of Moldavia, Jacob Vassilikos, and on Greek-Romanian relations of the fourteenth-sixteenth centuries. He most recently was an associate professor at Democritus University of Thrace, where he taught the medieval and modern history of the Black Sea region.