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The Pulsing Heart of Europe

Urban Manufactures and Trading Networks
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Since the Middle Ages, Milan represented one of the leading industrial and commercial European centers. Its prosperous manufactures and its strategic location between Italy and central Europe rendered the city an extremely important crossroads for merchants from all countries.

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Seventeenth Century Sixteenth Century Wool Cloth Silk Cloth Foreign Competition 
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