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The English Gentleman in Trade : The Life and Works of Sir Dudley North 1641-1691 - Richard Grassby

The English Gentleman in Trade

The Life and Works of Sir Dudley North 1641-1691

Hardcover Published: 17th February 1994
ISBN: 9780198204398
Number Of Pages: 408

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In a pre-industrial economy dominated by small family firms, economic growth could not have occurred without the skill, persistence, and initiative of individual businessmen like Sir Dudley North. North was not only a celebrated merchant and economist, but an important and controversial servant of Charles II and James II. Richard Grassby exploits the extraordinary wealth of documentation available to establish how North made a fortune in the Levant commodity trade and through usury. He explores his character, beliefs, and intentions, and the diverse technical and personal reasons for his success. As the younger son of a peer, his domestic life and his relationship, with his family and the world of business demonstrate both the mobility of English society and the close integration of town and country. His economic works, which are here published in full for the first time, reveal the breadth of his ideas and originality.
Although a man of exceptional personality, North confronted the same obstacles and opportunities as other merchants of his day, and this study of his life offers us unique and valuable insights into the seventeenth-century business world.

Industry Reviews

Grassby...writes with impressive conciseness and authority... Grassby's success in re-creating from contemporary ledgers, journals and correspondenceboth North's personality and his milieu must be pronounced a remarkable achievement * English Historical Review * a learned, important ... work ... It draws upon prodigious research, citing manuscripts from over sixty archives and concludes with a valuable edition of North's economic writings and of the passages omitted from the printed version of the Life of Sir Dudley North. * Mark S.R. Jenner, University of York, Urban History, Vol. 23, Pt 2 - Aug 96 * meticulously researched biography * American Historical Review * This is business biography at its best, and anyone interested in the minutuae of early modern business practice cannot afford to ignore it. * Business History * Grassby has produced an excellent and highly readable biography. * The Economic History Review * 'This is an outstanding book, original in its scholarship, and in the kind of questions it asks and in the way it seeks to answer them, technically accomplished and extremely well written. Years of work have gone into this magisterial study of English economic history at a particularly interesting stage, when there was everything to play for and the odds against winning were formidable. The triumph of this book is the author's ability to stand back from his researches and to summarise in simple, vigorous language which his sitter would certainly approve what manner of man he was and what lights he steered by. The roundness, the completeness of this portrait can hardly be glimpsed in a short review. The information and insights it contains are worthy of Braudel.' Richard Ollard, The Mariner's Mirror, Volume 80 (1994)

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Explanatory Notes
Introduction: The Human Factorp. 1
The Man of Business
The Apprenticep. 17
The Commission Agentp. 38
The General Merchantp. 59
Lender and Landlordp. 76
The Process of Accumulationp. 94
Public and Private Life
The Reluctant Politicianp. 123
The Civil Servantp. 151
The Urban Gentlemanp. 177
The Family Manp. 208
The Political Economistp. 230
Conclusion: Self-Help in Actionp. 258
Economic Works of Sir Dudley North
Bibliographical Notep. 286
Discourses upon Trade principally directed to the Cases of the Interest Coynage Clipping Increase of Moneyp. 290
A Representation intended to be layd before the Parliament the year 1683 concerning the bad condition of the mony current in England and the meanes to remedy itp. 304
Concerning the values of land and fall of rentsp. 308
Some Notes concerning the laws for the Poorp. 317
Reflections on the Petition of Hogia Panosp. 321
App. A. Passages excised from the printed version of the Life of Sir Dudley Northp. 323
App. B. Instructions for Dudley Foley for his way of living and most hopeful for his advancement in the way of a merchant which he is now entering into, by Montague Northp. 339
App. C. Currencies and Exchange Ratesp. 341
App. D. Glossary of Turkish Terms and Institutionsp. 343
App. E. Reconstructed Balance Sheetsp. 345
App. F. Genealogies of the North and Cann Familiesp. 348
App. G. Preface to the Discourses by Roger Northp. 352
Bibliographyp. 358
Indexp. 381
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ISBN: 9780198204398
ISBN-10: 0198204396
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 17th February 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.0  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.8