1st Edition

Early Modern Overseas Trade and Entrepreneurship
Nordic Trading Companies in the Seventeenth Century

ISBN 9780429319068
Published May 19, 2020 by Routledge
204 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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


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


"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