Early Modern Overseas Trade and Entrepreneurship: Nordic Trading Companies in the Seventeenth Century, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Early Modern Overseas Trade and Entrepreneurship

Nordic Trading Companies in the Seventeenth Century, 1st Edition

By Kaarle Wirta


232 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367332860
pub: 2020-06-26
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Drawing on an impressive range of archival material, this monograph delves into the careers of two businessmen who worked for Nordic chartered monopoly trading companies to illuminate individual entrepreneurship in the context of seventeenth-century long-distance trade. The study spans the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean, examining global entanglements through personal interactions and daily trading activities between Europeans, Asian merchants and African brokers. It makes an important contribution to our understanding of the role of individuals and their networks within the great European trading companies of the early modern period. This unique book will be of interest to advanced students and researchers of economic history, business history, early modern global history and entrepreneurship.


"A fundamental study on connections and contexts of two early modern trans-local, trans-regional and trans-continental business entrepreneurs in Europe, the Atlantic world and the Indian Ocean"

- Holger Weiss, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Formative Years of Overseas Entrepreneurship and Nordic Overseas Trade
  3. Entrepreneurship in the Company
  4. The Vulnerability of Being Connected
  5. Knowledge and Overseas Business
  6. The Sea Was a Violent Place to Work
  7. Conclusion
  8. Sources and Bibliography


About the Author

Kaarle Wirta is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Tampere University, Finland.

About the Series

Perspectives in Economic and Social History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HISTORY / Europe / Scandinavia
HISTORY / Maritime History & Piracy