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Merchants and Profit in the Age of Commerce, 1680–1830

Abstract : Merchant activity across Europe, America and China was vital to economic growth during the long eighteenth century. Using a unique data set from accounts and correspondence, contributors show the fragmented nature of merchant activity and the importance of trust-based social and cultural networks. Case studies from the ‘Age of Commerce’ include Franco-British attempts to recall Chinese debt in 1779–80, the price signals between Spain and colonial South America and the risk avoidance strategies of tobacco-planters in early national period America.
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Submitted on : Monday, May 11, 2015 - 9:21:19 AM
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Pierre Gervais, Yannick Lemarchand, Dominique Margairaz. Merchants and Profit in the Age of Commerce, 1680–1830. 2014. ⟨halshs-01150351⟩



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