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    DescriptionThe Hanseatic League was a commercial and defensive federation of merchant guilds based in harbour towns along the North Sea and Baltic coasts of what are now Germany and her neighbours, which eventually dominated maritime trade in Northern Europe and spread its influence much further afield. The League was formed to protect the economic and political interests of member cities throughout a vast and complex trading network. The League continued to operate well into the 17th century, but its golden age was between c.1200 and c.1500; thereafter it failed to take full advantage of the wave of maritime exploration to the west, south and east of Europe. During its 300 years of dominance the League's large ships - called 'cogs' - were at the forefront of maritime technology, were early users of cannon, and were manned by strong fighting crews to defend them from pirates in both open-sea and river warfare. The home cities raised their own armies for mutual defence, and their riches both allowed them, and required them, to invest in fortifications and gunpowder weapons, since as very attractive targets they were subjected to sieges at various times.

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    Forces of the Hanseatic League
    13th-15th Centuries
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Nicolle, Illustrated by Gerry Embleton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 48
    Width: 180 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 6 mm
    Weight: 160 g
    ISBN 13: 9781782007791
    ISBN 10: 1782007792

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    40 MONO; 8 COL
    Osprey Publishing
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    Osprey Publishing
    Publication date
    22 April 2014
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    Author Information
    David Nicolle, born in 1944, worked in the BBC's Arabic service for a number of years before gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He has written numerous books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years.
    Table of contents
    Introduction: origins and nature of the League/ Knights and militias, 13th-14th centuries/ Hanseatic shipping: the 'cog', its capabilities and influence; armed ships and piracy; river trade and river wars/ Fortified ports and siege warfare/ Introduction of cannon by land and sea/ The League in the late 15th century: the 'age of discoveries', from peak of prosperity to decline/ Select bibliography/ Plate commentaries/ Index