The politics of trade : the overseas merchant in state and society, 1660-1720
- Perry Gauci.
- Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
- Physical description
- xii, 302 p., maps ; 24 cm.
- Gauci, Perry.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Introduction-- THE MERCANTILE CITY-- i. Sampling the London Elite-- ii. Merchant Distribution in the City-- iii. Topography and City Association-- iv. Provincial Parallels-- BUSINESS AND PUBLIC LIFE-- i. The Background and Training of the City Merchant-- ii. Independence and Association: Office-Holding in the City-- iii. Status as an Urban Phenomenon-- iv. Provincial Parallels-- MERCANTILE ASSOCIATION AND COMMERCIAL POLITICS-- i. The Formal Organization of Overseas Trade-- ii. The Unregulated Trades-- iii. The Livery Companies-- iv. Provincial Parallels-- THE MERCHANT, POLITICS, AND THE PRESS-- i. The Mercantile Press-- ii. The Press and the Profession-- iii. The Histories of Trade-- iv. The Representation of Commerce-- THE MERCHANT AND PARLIAMENT-- i. Merchant Representation at Westminster-- ii. Parliament and the Representation of Overseas Trade-- iii. Parliament and the Passage of Commercial Legislation-- THE POLITICS OF TRADE: THE FRENCH COMMERCE BILL OF 1713-- i. Origins and Novelties-- ii. The Rage of Party and the Politicization of Trade-- iii. The Great Vote and Trade on the Hustings-- iv. Consequences and Recriminations 1713-14-- Conclusion-- Bibliography-- Index.
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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 to the 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 the time. 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 accomodation which the merchant class secured with the landed gentry was to the country's success in the eighteenth century.
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