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.
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
Acknowledgements List of Illustrations Merchant Biographies
Introduction Globalization in History
The Merchants of the Study
A Global Merchant Class Self-Made Businessmen
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
Local Spaces New York City after Independence
Finance and Industry
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.