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Merchants and revolution : commercial change, political conflict, and London's overseas traders, 1550-1653

Author: Robert Brenner
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Merchants and Revolution Robert Brenner offers a socio-political account of the transformation of English commerce in the century after 1550 and a socio-economic explanation of the political activities and alignments of the London merchant community in the conflicts of the early Stuart period. In a major reinterpretation of long-term commercial change, he shows that new possibilities in the import trades - more  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Brenner
ISBN: 0691055947 9780691055947
OCLC Number: 22906338
Description: xx, 734 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Part One: The Transformation of English Commerce and of the london Merchant Community, 1550-1650 --
1. The Dynamics of Commerical Development, 1550-1640: A Reinterpretation --
2. Government Privileges, the Formation of Merchant groups, and the Redistribution of Wealth and Power, 1550-1640 --
3. The Company Merchants and American Colonial Development --
4. The New-Merchant Leadership of the Colonial Trades --
Part Two: the Emergence of Political Conflict, 1620-1642 --
5. The Rise of merchant Opposition in the 1620s --
6. The Merchant Community, The Caroline Regime, and the Aristocratic Opposition --
7. Merchants and Revolution --
Part Three: Radicalization, Reaction, and Revolution, 1642-1653 --
8. The Radicals' Offensive, 1642-1643 --
9. Political Presbyterianism --
10. The New Merchants Come to Power --
11. Political Independents, New Merchants, and the Commonwealth --
12. The New Merchants and Commerical Policy under the Commonwealth --
13. The New Merchants and the Fall of the Commonwealth.
Responsibility: Robert Brenner.
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"In Merchants and Revolution Robert Brenner offers a socio-political account of the transformation of English commerce in the century after 1550 and a socio-economic explanation of the political activities and alignments of the London merchant community in the conflicts of the early Stuart period. In a major reinterpretation of long-term commercial change, he shows that new possibilities in the import trades - more so than problems in the traditional cloth trade - were behind the foundation of the long-distance commerce to the south and east. Brenner brings out, in turn, the way in which social groups of great City merchants wielded organizational and political power to exploit the emerging commercial opportunities. The very success of elite merchants in their recently established Levant-East India trades, he argues, opened the way for a whole new social group of entrepreneurial traders, recruited largely from outside the merchant community, to pioneer the development of the plantation trades in America, amassing riches and building their power in the process." "Brenner demonstrates the enormous significance of merchant politics for national political development from 1621 to 1653, bringing out, in particular, the decisive roles played from 1640 by London's great company merchants in support of the crown and by the new colonial merchants, who were politically radical and militantly Puritan, in support of the parliamentary leadership. The new colonial merchants, Brenner shows, ultimately assumed great national influence with Cromwell's rise to power, becoming the chief architects of the Commonwealth's dynamic commercial policy."--Jacket.

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