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Interlopers and Disorderly Brethren at the Stade Mart: mercantile practices amongst the Merchant Adventurers of England, 1593-1611
22 November 2013, 17:15
Event Type: Seminar
Tom Leng (Sheffield)
This paper examines the role of merchant companies in structuring overseas trade in early modern Europe by considering the trade of the Merchant Adventurers of England to their German 'mart' town of Stade, through a detailed case study of one particular merchant, John Quarles. It examines how membership of this regulated trading company impacted on the practice of its members, both through its formal regulatory regime and the informal pressures that came with corporate affiliation. But corporate privileges also created 'shadow economies' inhabited by the excluded, those castigated by companies as 'interlopers'. The paper considers the connections between interlopers and those 'disorderly brethren' of the company who were prepared to violate corporate regulations. Overall, it hopes to contribute to debates about the role of merchant companies in enabling and structuring premodern long-distance trade, and the ways that these institutions changed over time.
Venue: Room 102 (Senate House, first floor)
London WC1E 7HU
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