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Author Pizzoni, Giada, author
Title British Catholic merchants in the commercial age, 1670-1714 / Giada Pizzoni
Imprint Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY, USA : The Boydell Press, published in association with BSECS, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2020
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 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  HF3505.6 P695 2020    AVAILABLE    30530001348739
Descript xiii, 214 pages : maps ; 24 cm
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Series Studies in the eighteenth century, 2398-9904
Studies in the eighteenth century
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-210) and index
Introduction -- Religion, trade, and national identity : a review -- Catholic merchants in Anglo-Spanish trade, 1670-1687 -- British Catholic merchants in St Malo during the Glorious Revolution and the Nine Years War, 1688-1698 -- British Catholic merchants in London and their trading strategies before and during the first years of the War of the Spanish Succession, 1698-1705 -- Catholic Merchants and their inter-imperial networks -- Catholic women in the mercantile community : a female epilogue? -- Conclusion -- Appendix: The Aylwards and their partners, 1672-1705
"British Catholic merchants in the long eighteenth century occupied an ambiguous social space. On the one hand, their religion made them marginal and suspect figures in a nation increasingly defining itself by its Protestantism against the Catholic powers of Europe. On the other, their Catholicism, particularly as national rivalries erupted into outright war, afforded them access to markets and contacts overseas which their Protestant competitors found it increasingly difficult to reach. Drawing on extensive original research on the business papers of one prominent Catholic merchant family, the Aylwards, Pizzoni maps a complex network of merchants emanating from trading houses in London, Cadiz and St Malo and linking Britain and Ireland, continental Europe, the Levant and colonial America. She reveals the high level of cooperation between these Catholic houses and their Protestant trading partners - a cooperation which seems to have overridden even such political perils as the Jacobite rebellion - and shows the increasing role played by smuggling and privateering in keeping the wheels of legitimate commerce turning in time of war. A final chapter looks particularly at the business activities of Roman Catholic women, who mostly inherited their husbands' businesses but in many cases developed and expanded them through new activities and investments. This is a rich picture of commercial life in a time of shifting political and religious attitudes when the pressures of mercantilism led to de facto economic integration for the successful Catholic merchant class and opened up the road which would lead to emancipation in the next century." -- Provided by publisher
Subject Merchants -- Great Britain -- 18th century
Great Britain -- Commerce -- 18th century
Aylward family
Catholic Church -- Great Britain -- 18th century
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