Actors of Globalization: New York Merchants in Global Trade, 1784-1812


The monograph Actors of Globalization portrays a group of New York businessmen engaged in global trade from 1784 to 1812. It follows their businesses around the world and shows how through wit, flexibility, and the help of a worldwide net of business partners the merchants were able to quickly rise to global entrepreneurs speculating on wars, food crises and slave revolts. The ramifications of their commerce were felt at home, where the merchants invested in land and city development, established new financial institutions and contributed to a rising consumer culture. This book brings together global and local history, arguing that private actors played an important role in the economic and social development of the young United States.
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Biographical Note

Lisa Sturm-Lind received her Ph.D. in 2014 from the European-University Viadrina Frankfurt /Oder, Germany. Her research interests are global economic and social history and globalization in the early modern period.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Merchant Biographies

  Globalization in History
  The Merchants of the Study
  Global History

1 A Global Merchant Class
  Self-Made Businessmen
  Merchant Networks

2 Global Entrepreneurs
  The East Indies Trade
  Indian Ocean Trade Networks
  Spanning a Net of Trade around the World—The Routes of the Ships Washington, America, and Sampson
  Trade with Europe
  The West Indies Trade
  The Haitian Revolution
  Commercial Politics

3 Local Spaces
  New York City after Independence
  Land Development
  Finance and Industry
  Community Leadership
  A World of Goods




Readers interested in history of the United States, global history during the early modern period and/or accounts of merchant groups.


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