Overseas Trade and Traders: Essays on the Commercial, Financial and Political Challenges of British Atlantic Merchants, 1600-1775by Jacob M. Price
Pub. Date: 12/01/1996
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
In this third volume of collected papers, Jacob Price explores the structural and political relations of the Atlantic trade in the 18th century. A first selection on mercantile activity, blends research on the records of individual firms with aggregate customs data to show that definitive advantages of scale encouraged the concentration of trade into fewer and larger hands in sectors like tobacco, sugar and slaves. These studies also show the importance of credit to the development of trade, a theme taken up in the section on monetary issues, reprinting the author's well-known paper on multilateralism with a specifically written supplement ’Multilateralism Revisited’. A final section on the politics of customs reform gives the contemporary political background to the records which Price has explored so thoroughly.
Table of ContentsContents: Introduction; Colonial trade and British economic development, 1660-1775; What did merchants do? Reflections on British overseas trade, 1660-1790; The great Quaker business families of 18th-century London: the rise and fall of a sectarian patriciate; English Quaker merchants and the war at sea, 1689-1783; Directions for the conduct of a merchant’s counting house, 1766; Multilateralism and/or bilateralism: the settling of British trade balances with ’the North’, ca. 1700; Multilateralism revisited: a further note on the settlement of British trade balances with ’the North’, ca. 1660-1760; The Bank of England’s discount activity and the merchants of London, 1694-1773; Glasgow, the tobacco trade, and the Scottish customs, 1707-1730; The exicse affair revisited: the administrative and colonial dimensions of a parliamentary crisis; Index.
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