The Self-Perception of Early Modern Capitalists

Paperback | December 17, 2009

byM. Jacob, C. Secretan

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A collection of essays by leading historians of early modern Europe and the U.S., this books explores how merchants, entrepreneurs, and other early modern capitalists viewed themselves.

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A collection of essays by leading historians of early modern Europe and the U.S., this books explores how merchants, entrepreneurs, and other early modern capitalists viewed themselves.

Margaret Jacob is a Professor of History at UCLA.  Catherine Secretan is a Professor at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:290 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:December 17, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230617816

ISBN - 13:9780230617810

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Theological Roots of the Medieval/Modern Merchants' Self-Representation--Giacomo Todeschini * PART I: SELF-IMAGES * Images and Self-Images of Sephardic Merchants in Early Modern Europe and the Mediterranean--Francesca Trivellato * Merchants in Charge. The Self-Perception of Amsterdam Merchants, ca. 1550-1700--Clé Lesger * Merchants on the Defensive: National Self-Images in the Dutch Republic of the Late Eighteenth Century--Dorothee Sturkenboom * PART II: CAPITALISM AS NORMATIVE * "Merchants" and "Gentlemen" in Eighteenth-Century Sweden: Worlds of Jean Abraham Grill--Leos Müller * Professional Ethics and Commercial Rationality at the Beginning of the Modern Era--Jochen Hoock * The Anxious Merchant, the Bold Speculator, and the Malicious Bankrupt: Doing Business in Eighteenth-Century Hamburg--Mary Lindemann * Accounting for War and Revolution: Philadelphia Merchants and Commercial Risk, 1774-1811 * PART III: INDIVIDUALS AND STRIVING * Accounting for Science: How a Merchant Kept His Books in Elizabethan London--Deborah Harkness * Coming of Age in Trade: Masculinity and Commerce in Eighteenth-Century England--John Smail * Success and Self-Loathing in the Life of an Eighteenth-Century Entrepreneur--Matthew Kadane

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“The essays in this collection provide many examples of sound scholarship undertaken from varying perspectives, often based on studies of individuals viewed through their diaries, correspondence, business records, and many other sources. The result is a text that will be valuable to those who study the rise of capitalism and early modern history in general.”—Sixteenth Century Journal  "This collection is highly original and will appeal to all students of early modern Europe. The editors have assembled front-line pieces of scholarship that put European townsmen, and some townswomen, on the verge of the modern in an entirely new light. The new sources revealed here give a tolerant yet precise view of the early modern middle class that comes out of actually listening to it, and will inspire a new generation of scholars."--Deirdre McCloskey, author of The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce (2006)