The Politics of Trade: The Overseas Merchant in State and Society, 1660-1720

Hardcover | April 1, 2001

byPerry Gauci

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This book examines the political and social impact of the English overseas merchant during this key era of state development. Historians have increasingly recognized the significance of this period as one of commercial and political transition, but relatively little thought has been given tothe perspective of the overseas traders, whose activities transended these dynamic arenas. Analsis of the role of merchants in public life highlights their important contribution to England's rise as a commercial power of the first rank, and illuminates the fundamerntal political changes of thetime. Case-studies of London, Liverpool, and York reveal the intricate workings of mercantile politics, while studies of the press and Parliament illustrate the increasing prominence of the trader on the national stage. The author's pioneering approach shows how crucial the political accomodationwhich the merchant class secured with the landed gentry was to the country's success in the eighteenth century.

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This book examines the political and social impact of the English overseas merchant during this key era of state development. Historians have increasingly recognized the significance of this period as one of commercial and political transition, but relatively little thought has been given tothe perspective of the overseas traders, who...

Perry Gauci is at Lincoln College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:318 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:April 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199241937

ISBN - 13:9780199241934

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Mercantile Cityi. Sampling the London Eliteii. Merchant Distribution in the Cityiii. Topography and City Associationiv. Provincial ParallelsBusiness and Public Lifei. The Background and Training of the City Merchantii. Independence and Association: Office-Holding in the Cityiii. Status as an Urban Phenomenoniv. Provincial ParallelsMercantile Association and Commercial Politicsi. The Formal Organization of Overseas Tradeii. The Unregulated Tradesiii. The Livery Companiesiv. Provincial ParallelsThe Merchant, Politics, and the Pressi. The Mercantile Pressii. The Press and the Professioniii. The Histories of Tradeiv. The Representation of CommerceThe Merchant and Parliamenti. Merchant Representation at Westminsterii. Parliament and the Representation of Overseas Tradeiii. Parliament and the Passage of Commercial LegislationThe Politics of Trade: The French Commerce Bill of 1713i. Origins and Noveltiesii. The Rage of Party and the Politicization of Tradeiii. The Great Vote and Trade on the Hustingsiv. Consequences and Recriminations 1713-14ConclusionBibliographyIndex

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"Gauci has woven into a single narrative mercantile, social, and political change at a critical moment in the evolution of the modern state. The Politics of Trade has moved the shadow world of overseas trading communities of the Augustan Age closer to their rightful place near center
stage."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History