Merchants And Revolution

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Merchants and Revolution examines the activities of London’s merchant community during the early Stuart period. Proposing a new understanding of long-term commercial change, Robert Brenner explains the factors behind the opening of long-distance commerce to the south and east, describing how the great City merchants wielded power to exploit emerging business opportunities, and he profiles the new colonial traders, who became the chief architects of the Commonwealth’s dynamic ...

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Overview

Merchants and Revolution examines the activities of London’s merchant community during the early Stuart period. Proposing a new understanding of long-term commercial change, Robert Brenner explains the factors behind the opening of long-distance commerce to the south and east, describing how the great City merchants wielded power to exploit emerging business opportunities, and he profiles the new colonial traders, who became the chief architects of the Commonwealth’s dynamic commercial policy.

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Editorial Reviews

London Review of Books
“Brenner has made more discoveries of importance about the period than any of his contemporaries.”
Times Literary Supplement
“Constantly provocative, a giant of a book.”
Reviews in American History
“If Brenner’s work suggests new beginnings, its primary focus is on some of the most venerable debates in British historiography.”
From the Publisher
“Brenner has made more discoveries of importance about the period than any of his contemporaries.”—London Review of Books

“Constantly provocative, a giant of a book.”—Times Literary Supplement

“If Brenner’s work suggests new beginnings, its primary focus is on some of the most venerable debates in British historiography.”—Reviews in American History

London Review of Books
Brenner has made more discoveries of importance about the period than any of his contemporaries.
Times Literary Supplement
Constantly provocative, [a] giant of a book.
Reviews in American History
If Brenner's work suggests new beginnings, its primary focus is on some of the most venerable debates in British historiography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859843338
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 8/17/2003
  • Pages: 756
  • Sales rank: 790,709
  • Product dimensions: 1.66 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Brenner is Director of the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History at UCLA. He is the author of The Boom and the Bubble, Merchants and Revolution, The Economics of Global Turbulence and co-editor of Rebel Rank and File.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Map
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Pt. 1 The Transformation of English Commerce and of the London Merchant Community, 1550-1650
I The Dynamics of Commercial Development, 1550-1640: A Reinterpretation 3
II Government Privileges, the Formation of Merchant Groups, and the Redistribution of Wealth and Power, 1550-1640 51
III The Company Merchants and American Colonial Development 92
IV The New-Merchant Leadership of the Colonial Trades 113
Pt. 2 The Emergence of Political Conflict, 1620-1642
V The Rise of Merchant Opposition in the 1620s 199
VI The Merchant Community, the Caroline Regime, and the Aristocratic Opposition 240
VII Merchants and Revolution 316
Pt. 3 Radicalization, Reaction, and Revolution, 1642-1653
VIII The Radicals' Offensive, 1642-1643 393
IX Political Presbyterianism 460
X The New Merchants Come to Power 494
XI Political Independents, New Merchants, and the Commonwealth 558
XII The New Merchants and Commercial Policy under the Commonwealth 577
XIII The New Merchants and the Fall of the Commonwealth 633
Postscript 638
Index 717
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