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Title Commerce and culture : nineteenth-century business elites / edited by Robert Lee
Published Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Publishing, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 343 pages)
Series Modern economic and social history series
Modern economic and social history series.
Contents 1 Commerce and Culture: A Critical Assessment of the Role of Cultural Factors in Commerce and Trade from c.1750 to the Early Twentieth Century / Robert Lee -- 2 From Wolverhampton to Calcutta: The Low Origins of Merchant Enterprise / Andrew Popp -- 3 The Australian Company: Operations and Finances / Michael Nix -- 4 Bridges to the East: European Merchants and Business Practices in India and China / Christof Dejung -- 5 'To save the commercial community of New York': Panicked Business Elites in 1837 / Jessica Lepler -- 6 The Entrepreneurial Activity of Dimitrios and Stephanos Manos in Central Europe in the Nineteenth Century / Ikaros Madouvalos -- 7 The Rise and Fall of Friedrich Wilhelm Keutgen, Bremen's Consul in New York, 1859--61 / Lars Maischak -- 8 The Role of the Business Elite in the Social, Economic and Cultural Life of the Russian Provincial City / Elena Apkarimova -- 9 The Commercial Culture of Spiritual Kinship amongst German Immigrant Merchants in London, c.1750--1830 / Margrit Schulte Beerbuhl -- 10 To Have and to Hold? Marital Connections and Family Relationships in Salem, Massachusetts, 1755--1810 / Lesley Doig -- 11 ̀A most terrific passage': Putting Faith into Atlantic Steam Navigation / Crosbie Smith
Summary "Considerable attention has recently been focused on the importance of social networks and business culture in reducing transaction costs, both in the pre-industrial period and during the nineteenth century. This book brings together twelve original contributions by scholars in the United Kingdom, continental Europe, and North America which represent important and innovative research on this topic. They cover two broad themes. First, the role of business culture in determining commercial success, in particular the importance of familial, religious, ethnic and associational connections in the working lives of merchants and the impact of business practices on family life. Second, the wider institutional and political framework for business operations, in particular the relationship between the political economy of trade and the cultural world of merchants in an era of transition from personal to corporate structures. These key themes are developed in three separate sections, each with four contributions. They focus, in turn, on the role of culture in building and preserving businesses; the interplay between institutions, networks and power in determining commercial success or failure; and the significance of faith and the family in influencing business strategies and the direction of merchant enterprise. The wider historiographical context of the individual contributions is discussed in an extended introductory chapter which sets out the overall agenda of the book and provides a broader comparative framework for analysing the specific issues covered in each of the three sections. Taken together the collection offers an important addition to the available literature in this field and will attract a wide readership amongst business, cultural, maritime, economic, social and urban historians, as well as historical anthropologists, sociologists and other social scientists whose research embraces a longer-term perspective"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Commerce -- Social aspects -- History -- 19th century
Corporate culture -- History -- 19th century
Industrial sociology -- History -- 19th century
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Marketing -- General.
Commerce -- Social aspects.
Corporate culture.
Industrial sociology.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Lee, W. Robert.
ISBN 1409434362