The globalization of merchant banking before 1850: The case of Huth & Co.

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London merchant bankers emerged during the 1820s in the wake of financial turmoil caused by the wars of American Independence, the Napoleonic campaigns and the Anglo-American war of 1812. Though the majority of merchant bankers remained cautious in their affairs, Huth & Co established an impressive global network of trade and lending, dealing with over 6,000 correspondents in more than seventy countries. Based on archival research, this comparative study provides a new chronology of early nineteenth-century commercial and financial expansion.Huth & Co. were truly market-makers and key intermediaries of commodities and capital flows in the international economy. This is an important example of a firm shaping globalisation well before the transport and communication revolution of the last quarter of the nineteenth century. But rather than a case study, this is a comparative study concerned with the commercial and financial activities of the leading merchant-bankers of the periodThis book will be of great interest to business and economic historians interested in the nature of the early decades of the first globalization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Globalization of Merchant Banking before 1850
Subtitle of host publicationThe Case of Huth and Co.
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages168
ISBN (Electronic)9781351543941
ISBN (Print)9781848936072
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017


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