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The Capital and the Colonies
London and the Atlantic Economy 1660–1700

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  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107406353

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  • Between 1660 and 1700, London established itself as the capital and commercial hub of a thriving Atlantic empire, accounting for three quarters of the nation's colonial trade, and playing a vital coordinating role in an increasingly coherent Atlantic system. Nuala Zahedieh's unique study provides the first detailed picture of how that mercantile system was made to work. By identifying the leading colonial merchants, she shows through their collective experiences how London developed the capabilities to compete with its continental rivals and ensure compliance with the Navigation Acts. Zahedieh shows that in making mercantilism work, Londoners helped to create the conditions which underpinned the long period of structural change and economic growth which culminated in the Industrial Revolution.

    • Uses a detailed statistical database drawn from the London portbooks of 1686, improving knowledge and understanding of structure of London's colonial trade
    • Identifies leading colonial merchants and provides extensive biographical material
    • Includes a large number of maps and illustrations to provide the reader with a better understanding of the scale and scope of colonial enterprise
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "An economic and social historian, Zahedieh attacks her subject with empirical rigor. The results are detailed and meticulous, if generally longer on data than interpretation." -William and Mary Quarterly

    "This beautifully produced volume, with footnotes at the bottom of pages, clear maps, many unusual illustrations, and a valuable bibliography, will be of special and enduring interest to maritime historians of the Atlantic, the English empire, and London." -Ian K. Steele, International Journal of Maritime History

    "Nuala Zahedieh’s monograph draws on articles she has published over the past quarter century and adds additional material from her continuing research on London’s commercial community and its fortunes in the late seventeenth century." -Kenneth Morgan, Journal of British Studies

    "...this volume fills a scholarly gap through years of laborious archival research. Anyone interested in the colonial trade of the later seventeenth century owes thanks to the author." -Koji Yamamoto, The Journal of Modern History

    "...Zahedieh's book points to the urgent need for further comparative studies on the Atlantic world from other vantage points than the port of London. For such studies, The Capital and the Colonies offers and excellent model." -Karel Davids, Canadian Journal of History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107406353
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of tables
    List of figures
    List of maps
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction
    1. London and the Atlantic economy
    2. Merchants
    3. Shipping
    4. Imports
    5. Exports
    6. Conclusion
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Nuala Zahedieh, University of Edinburgh

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