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High Middle AgesThe Revival of TradeTrade collapsed after thefall of the Roman Empire.Manorialism took theplace of trade to meet theneeds of people inEurope.Italian cities survived theMiddle Ages better thanin other areas of EuropeWhen trade increasedafter the Crusades, itbenefited those cities andthey began to prosperIncreasing interchange of commoditiesthroughout the Mediterranean assisted somuch in this transformation of the MiddleAges, Florence, Venice and Genoa playedthe dominant roleTrade in ItalyNorthern cities werethe middle man intrade between Asiaand northern EuropeGoods fromSouthwest Asiacame by sea to Italyand from there tothe north.Trade Good and MarketsCrusades led to anincreased demand forgoods and especiallyexotic goods from Asia.Dyes, medicines, silks,and spices as well ascotton cloth, linen, and artwere high priority itemsEuropeans sent fruit,grain, rugs, fish, fur, andtimber, wine, glassware,and wool from all overEurope.Goods were traded orsold at local fairs whichwere held almost everyday of the year.Local rulers chargedtaxes for goods sold.In exchange for taxmoney, they wouldprotect the goods and theareas where fairs werebeing held.Crusades11th Century: The Seljuk Turks gained control ofJerusalem (1089)Pope Urban II (1095)Threatened to conquer ConstantinopleByzantine emperor asked the Pope to help fight

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