A bit about the Leipzig trade fair:
[...] the act of schlepping across a continent to a dealmaking extravaganza dates back to not long after Beowulf was written.
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I am positive that in Asia, it dates back to much further than that. Can you imagine China without dealmaking extravaganzas?
Yeah, my first take on this was that the three-times-a-year fair in Leipzig was probably matched or beaten by the markets in Istanbul EVERY DAY.
But I actually don’t know enough about the early modern markets in Asia to know whether that’s the case, or if that would even have been the top place to go. I certainly didn’t know that Leipzig was the hot spot in Central Europe, and I know a lot more about 18th-century Germany than I do about the Near or Far East.
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