The Culture of Commerce in England, 1660-1720

The Culture of Commerce in England, 1660-1720

Natasha Glaisyer


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An examination of how trade and commerce were viewed from the `outside', in a period of vast change.
Late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century England - the period between the Restoration and the South Sea Bubble - was dramatically transformed by the massive cost of fighting wars, and, significantly, a huge increase in the re-export trade. This book seeks to ask how commerce was legitimated, promoted, fashioned, defined and understood in this period of spectacular commercial and financial "revolution". It examines the packaging and portrayal of commerce, and of commercial knowledge, positioning itself between studies of merchant culture on the one hand and of the commercialisation of society on the other. It focuses on four main areas: the Royal Exchange where the London trading community gathered; sermons preached before mercantile audiences; periodicals and newspapers concerned with trade; and commercial didactic literature.

Dr NATASHA GLAISYER teaches in the Department of History at the University of York.


[A] persuasively argued and perceptive book. [...] An important and timely addition to our understanding of the often heterogeneous and fragmented culture of commercial activity in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. [...] For economic historians interested in the intersection of commerce and culture in this pivotal period, this is an essential text. EH.NET
Provides fascinating and thought-provoking insight. [...] A sophisticated, detailed and highly knowledgeable account. HISTORY
[Provides] a useful manual for historians exploring the business and economic history of the period. BUSINESS HISTORY REVIEW, Spring 2008

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