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This introductory chapter integrates information of other chapters in this book into the broad theme of long-term consequences of the northern fisheries. The expansion of the fish horizon both on land and at sea represented the development of preserved marine fish as one of the major foodstuffs that played an essential part in the long distance trade of Europe in the Middle Ages and continued to do so in the early modern era. The growing European population was responsible for a growing demand of marine fish, which in turn stimulated the development and commercialisation of the marine fisheries. The chapter connects the various contributions, makes comparisons and develops some perspectives for future research.

Keywords: economic consequences; fish horizon; North Atlantic fisheries; North Sea; northern fisheries; western Baltic



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