A new history of English trade and empire—revealing how a tightly woven community of merchants was the true origin of globalized Britain.
In the century following the rise of Queen Elizabeth I, English trade blossomed as thousands of merchants launched ventures across the globe. Through the efforts of these "mere merchants," England developed from a peripheral power on the fringes of Europe to a country at the centre of a global commercial web, with interests stretching from Virginia to Ahmadabad and Arkhangelsk to Benin.
Edmond Smith traces the lives of English merchants from their earliest steps into business to the heights of their successes. Smith reveals that the origins of Britain are found in the stories of these men whose livelihoods depended on their skills, entrepreneurship, and ability to work together to compete in cutthroat international markets.
- 376 Pages
- Size: 165 mm x 242 mm
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