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Western Civilization I

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Question 1 of 8

Between the 13th and the 17th centuries, the Hanseatic League functioned as

  • A.

    a religious organization that worked to ensure the election of favored popes

  • B.

    an alliance of trading cities and merchants that promoted its members’ economic dominance over Northern Europe

  • C.

    a political power-sharing arrangement whose leadership rotated among its members’ heads of state

  • D.

    the primary military partnership that organized and led several Crusades in the Middle East

  • E.

    a consortium of craftsmen’s guilds whose goals foreshadowed the socialist ideals of the 19th century

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