from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A former economic and defensive confederation of free towns in northern Germany and neighboring areas. Traditionally dated to a protective alliance formed by Lübeck and Hamburg in 1241, it reached the height of its power in the 14th century and held its last official assembly in 1669.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. See under 2d Hanse.
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- n. a commercial and defensive confederation of free cities in northern Germany and surrounding areas; formed in 1241 and most influential in the 14th century when it included over 100 towns and functioned as an independent political power; the last official assembly was held in 1669
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Is the Hansa the same association that I know as the Hanseatic League?
Founded in the 12th century, the city exudes an independent air, likely a product of its maritime heritage as a major Baltic port and its centuries-long status as a free city-state governed not by royalty but by wealthy merchants who helped found the powerful economic alliance known as the Hanseatic League.
Much later, in the late Middle Ages, the Hanseatic League, a league of merchant associations within the cities of Northern Germany and the Baltic, was formed in part to protect maritime trade from Baltic pirates.
The original European common market dates back to the 13th century, when the Hanseatic League formed in the northern German city of L ü beck and expanded across Europe's North and Baltic Sea regions.
Admittedly, my task would be easier if the ambassador from the Hanseatic League would conclude his peroration on the vital necessity of expanding the tax and customs concessions granted to his trading guild, including listing each of them in excruciating detail.
This summer I visited the eco-municipality of Visby, one of the greenest cities in Sweden on the island of Gotland -- once a Viking raiding center and later a major trading city in the Hanseatic League.
There was no Egypt at all, Greek antiquity did not include Gods or mythology, there was a bit about the Middle Ages, some stuff about the Hanseatic League, something about the Reformation and that was more or less it.
The styling is similar to those in Germany from the Hanseatic League trade treaties
He suggests, for example, that the world owes parliamentary government to Iceland, and massive intercontinental trade to the Hanseatic League, and massive long-distance fishing to the Atlantic cod banks and Atlantic whaling, and so on.
So the Styria of Best Served Cold is a kind of exaggerated Renaissance Italy, Gurkhul is not entirely unlike the Ottoman Empire, the Union is a strange mashing together of British Empire, Holy Roman Empire, and Hanseatic League.