The Business Community of Seventeenth-Century England by Richard Grassby PDF

By Richard Grassby

This uniquely complete examine explores all elements of the English company group because it constructed among 1590 and 1720. Drawing mostly on fabric in deepest papers, Richard Grassby describes and explains the constitution of commercial in a pre-industrial economic system and examines the way social values, demographic elements, the relatives, kingdom and faith dispensed expertise, proficient and inspired businessmen and decided their life-style. His ebook will entice all who desire to comprehend the dynamics of pre-industrial development and the interplay among enterprise and society.

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1 It had been characteristic of the medieval cities of Italy, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands, had sustained the prodigious expansion of Europe across the globe in the sixteenth century and transformed the United Provinces into a world economic power. In comparison England was a late starter, whose maritime and commercial potential developed slowly and unevenly. Despite some important early innovations, English businessmen before 1600 were less advanced and sophisticated than their European counterparts, whose control they resisted but whose practices they imitated.

On Chancery see W. J. Jones 1967. In Common Pleas and King's Bench, 80 per cent of the cases concerned debt: see Brook in Baker 1978: 50. 100 C103-C114. The collections contain much more material than the invaluable indexes would suggest. 101 Extracts from legal disputes over business matters also occur in private deposits like GLL MS 6372. 103 Relevant material is buried in the records of Quarter Sessions and the petitions from petty debtors under 23 Chas II, c. 20 and 30 Chas II, c. , which include the comments of creditors.

12, 15; L o u w 1989a. R o u g e 1966: 29; Beneviste 1951: 2 5 . Cal. P. Col. Ser. West Indies 1675-6, no. 973. M o l l o y , Dejure Maritimo, ii. 436. T h e bankruptcy laws required a precise definition of trading': see Billinghurst, Judges3 Resolutions, pp. 186-7. D e f o e , Compleat English Tradesman, ii. pp. vi, 4 1 , 75. Stow, Survey, ed. Strype, ii. 207. H u n t . L i b . M S 352410; Collinson 1988a: 191. 'Busyness' was a quality originally associated with lawyers: see Tucker 1984: 5 1 .

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