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Tolling the Rhine in 1254: Complementary Monopoly Revisted

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dc.contributor.author Gardner, Roy
dc.contributor.author Gaston, Noel
dc.contributor.author Masson, Robert T.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-24T15:09:59Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-24T15:09:59Z
dc.date.issued 2002 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5220
dc.description.abstract "Every year, millions of tourists, Colour Photoguide in hand, embark on a Rhine cruise. These tourists are touring not just picturesque historical landmarks but also the scene of interesting Nash equilibria. The castles and ruins mark the sites of former tolling stations along the Rhine River valley. History records that at one time or another during the millennium 800-1800, 79 different locations served as toll booths along the Rhine and its tributaries. The Rhine River was the major commercial thoroughfare in Western Europe during this time, and Rhine customs and tolls were a major source of revenue for the Holy Roman Empire. As such, the Emperors closely guarded the right to collect tolls. Such a right could be granted only by the Emperor. For instance, one well-documented tolling station that operated continuously throughout the Middle Ages, Koblenz, first got this right in 1018. Formally, the right to collect a toll had to be renewed with each new Emperor, and renewal was not automatic." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject tourism en_US
dc.subject Rhine River en_US
dc.subject water management--history en_US
dc.subject rivers en_US
dc.title Tolling the Rhine in 1254: Complementary Monopoly Revisted en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Europe en_US
dc.coverage.country Switzerland en_US
dc.subject.sector History en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US

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