The English Chartered Trading Companies, 1688-1763: Guns, Money and Lawyers, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The English Chartered Trading Companies, 1688-1763

Guns, Money and Lawyers, 1st Edition

By Michael Wagner


236 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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This book provides a collective view of the five major English chartered trading companies which were active during the period 1688-1763: The East India Company, the Royal African Company, the Hudson's Bay Company, The Levant Company, and the Russia Company. Using both archival and secondary sources, this monograph fills in some of the knowledge gaps concerning the less well-studied companies, and examines the interconnections between international rivalry, the financial operations of the companies, and politics which have not featured prominently in the historiography.

Table of Contents


1. Guns - Rivalry and the Pressure to Innovate

2. Money – The Companies as Financial Innovators

3. Lawyers – The Political Verdict


About the Author

Michael Wagner teaches courses in eighteenth-century British history in the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Early Modern History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Western
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / General
HISTORY / Expeditions & Discoveries