The Rise of Commercial Empires: England and the Netherlands in the Age of Mercantilism, 1650-1770

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This analysis of a crucial transformation in the history of world trade reveals how London and its surroundings grew during the eighteenth century to become the first true entrepot. The city developed a new kind of commercial structure sharply distinct from that of Holland and Amsterdam during the seventeenth century.

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"Ormrod's study has so much useful information...and provides such a productive point of departure that it will keep scholars in the field coming back to it for years." Davis Hancock, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, American Historical Review

"(The) arguments are deployed with considerable erudition, which is especially impressive in its coverage of the huge, and burgeoning, literature in Dutch. It is fair to say that there is something of interest on every page." P.G.M. Dickson, St. Catherine's College, Oxford, The International History Review

" important book. ...[that] offers fresh insights into the development of the global economy and the role of the state in economic development." Enterprise & Society

" immensely scholarly and learned contribution to the economic history of pre-Industrial Revolution era, which will never ceaseto fascinate and stir up debate." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"The Rise of Commercial Empires greatly enriches our understanding of Western imperialism and colonialism, and raises some intriguing questions about the relation between political and economic history." Business History Review

"Ormrod's study makes a major contribution to the debate over Dutch decline and British ascendancy in the early modern economy.... A meticulous study.... Essential." Choice

"A major study [...] of real significance, which deserves a wide readership among specialists in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English history, and all those with an interest in the history of the modern world economy." H-ALBION

"... [the] reader can find here much information and fodder for some important questions." EH.NET

"The Rise of Commercial Empires is nevertheless an impressive and masterly work of synthesis." Canadian Journal of History, Karel Davids, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

"The Rise of Commercial Empires provides a model for a new way of approaching the history of political economy, based on the webs of interactions that connect merchants, politicians, and consumers, crossing over and through national boundaries." - Sixteenth Century Journal Laura Cruz, Western Carolina University

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Meet the Author

David Ormrod is Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Kent at Canterbury, and a leading authority on British and Dutch commercial history in the early modern period.

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Table of Contents

List of maps and illustrations; List of figures; List of tables; Preface and acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. National economies and the history of the market; Part I. England, Holland and the Commercial Revolution: 2. Dutch trade hegemony and English competition, 1650–1700; 3. English commercial expansion and the Dutch staplemarket, 1700–1770; Part II. English Trade with the Dutch Staplemarket: 4. Rivalry, crisis and reorganisation in the woollen export trade; 5. Import substitution and European linen imports; 6. The Dutch staplemarket and the growth of English re-exports; 7. England, Holland and the international grain trade; 8. The coal trade and energy resources; Part III. Dutch Decline and English Expansion: 9. The shipping industry and the impact of war; 10. Protectionism and Dutch economic decline; 11. Conclusion. Commercial growth and the divergence of England; Appendixes; Bibliography; Index.

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