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Family Firms and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe
The Business, Bankruptcy and Resilience of the Höchstetters of Augsburg




ISBN 9780367137106
Published November 26, 2019 by Routledge
300 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

 
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This fascinating study follows the fortunes of the Höchstetter family, merchant-manufacturers and financiers of Augsburg, Germany, in the late-fifteenth and early-sixteenth centuries, and sheds light on the economic and social history of failure and resilience in early modern Europe. Carefully tracing the chronology of the family’s rise, fall and transformation, it moves from the micro- to the macro-level, making comparisons with other mercantile families of the time to draw conclusions and suggest insights into such issues as social mobility, capitalist organization, business techniques, market practices and economic institutions. The result is a microhistory that offers macro-conclusions about the lived experience of early capitalism and capitalistic practices.

This book will be valuable reading for advanced students and researchers of economic, financial and business history, legal history and early modern European history.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Maps
Note on Money
Note on Translations
Acknowledgements

Preface

Introduction 
        
Chapter 1.  Family Firms Considered: “Ambrosius and Hans, the Brothers Höchstetter and Associates”  
Chapter 2.  Capitalistic Practices: The Höchstetter Brassworks at Pflach  
Chapter 3.  Crisis and Insolvency: Information Management by and about
the Höchstetters        
Chapter 4.  Bankruptcy: Local Institutions and their Consequences   
Chapter 5.  Bankruptcy: Financial Markets and Credit Networks   
Chapter 6.  Ruin and Recovery: The Question of Resilience and the
Höchstetter “Family Firm”      
Conclusion
          
Appendix 1: Rising Höchstetter Fortunes
Appendix 2: Höchstetter Family Tree
Appendix 3: Höchstetter Creditors

Bibliography
Index

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Thomas Max Safley is Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

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