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The Rise of Commercial Empires
England and the Netherlands in the Age of Mercantilism, 1650–1770


Part of Cambridge Studies in Modern Economic History

  • Date Published: January 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521048644

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  • In early modern Europe, and particularly in the Netherlands, commercial empires were held together as much by cities as by unified nation states. David Ormrod here takes a regional economy as his preferred unit of analysis, the North Sea economy: an interlocking network of trades shaped by public and private interests, and the matrix within which Anglo-Dutch competition, borrowing and collaboration took shape. He shows how England's increasingly coherent mercantilist objectives undermined Dutch commercial hegemony, in ways which contributed to the restructuring of the North Sea staplemarket system. The commercial revolution has rightly been identified with product diversification and the expansion of long-distance trading, but the reorganization of England's nearby European trades was equally important, providing the foundation for eighteenth-century commercial growth and facilitating the expansion of the Atlantic economy. With the Anglo-Scottish union of 1707, the last piece of a national British entrepot system was put into place.

    • Sustained analysis of a period crucial to the development of the global economy
    • A major contribution to debates on the commercial origins of economic growth
    • Incorporates statistical findings, drawing especially on contemporary merchants' correspondence in Britain and the Netherlands
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    '… this book is a thought-provoking interpretation of the rise of the English/British commercial empire, placed firmly in the context of recent theories of economic development …' History

    '… a very detailed analysis …' Reviews in History

    'Ormrod has produced a very detailed analysis on the basis of years of scholarship; the British and Dutch economies have been compared time and again but never in as much depth as in this study.' Institute of Historical Research

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    • Date Published: January 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521048644
    • length: 420 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.637kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 1 map 33 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps and illustrations
    List of figures
    List of tables
    Preface and acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    1. National economies and the history of the market
    Part I. England, Holland and the Commercial Revolution:
    2. Dutch trade hegemony and English competition, 1650–1700
    3. English commercial expansion and the Dutch staplemarket, 1700–1770
    Part II. English Trade with the Dutch Staplemarket:
    4. Rivalry, crisis and reorganisation in the woollen export trade
    5. Import substitution and European linen imports
    6. The Dutch staplemarket and the growth of English re-exports
    7. England, Holland and the international grain trade
    8. The coal trade and energy resources
    Part III. Dutch Decline and English Expansion:
    9. The shipping industry and the impact of war
    10. Protectionism and Dutch economic decline
    11. Conclusion. Commercial growth and the divergence of England

  • Author

    David Ormrod, University of Kent, Canterbury
    David Ormrod is Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Kent at Canterbury, and a leading authority on British and Dutch commercial history in the early modern period.

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