Trade, Migration and Urban Networks in Port Cities, c. 1640-1940

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Trade, Migration and Urban Networks in Port Cities, c. 1640-1940

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This study offers an exploration of the role of merchants throughout maritime history through the analysis of maritime trade networks. It attempts to fill in the gaps in the historiography to determine the range of activities that maritime merchants undertook. It is comprised of nine chapters: one introductory, and eight exploring aspects of merchant history across Europe during the period 1640 to 1940. Several major themes recur throughout these studies: the necessity of port networks; the extension of trade networks through merchant migration and in-migration; the assimilation of merchants into port communities; and the impact of urban governance and trade associations on merchant activity. It concludes by claiming merchants across Europe had a more common with one another when approaching risk management than has previously been assumed, and that the at the core of the merchant’s risk management strategy the question of who they could trust with their trade is a universally unifying factor. It suggests that further research on the demographics of ports is the necessary next step in merchant historiography.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Copyright Page4
Table of Contents7
Contributors' Notes9
"Trade, Migration and Urban Networks, c. 1640-1940: An Introduction"13
"Portuguese Jews in Amsterdam: An Insight on Entrepreneurial Behaviour in the Dutch Republic"27
"Contrasting Merchant Communities in the Early Eighteenth Century: Stockholm, Calabar and Charleston"45
"Integration of Immigrant Merchants in Trondheim in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries61
"In the Eye of the Storm: The Influence of Maritime and Trade Networks on the Development of Ostend and Vice Versa during the Eighteenth Century"79
"Exploiting International Webs of Relations: Immigrants and the Reopening of the Harbour of Antwerp on the Eve of the Nineteenth Century"93
"Migrants, Merchants and Philanthropists: Hierarchies in Nineteenth-Century Greek Ports"121
"Port Cities, Diaspora Communities and Emerging Nationalism in the Ottoman Empire: Balkan Merchants in Odessa and Their Network in the Early Nineteenth Century"139
"Combining Business and Pleasure? Cotton Brokers in the Liverpool Business Community in the Late Nineteenth Century"161