Trading Places

Thursday, 11 November 2021

A new history of the development of English trade in the 16th and 17th Centuries was released by Yale in September. It is not a political biography in the style of an English Monarchs book, but looks at the growth of the merchant class in the hundred years from 1550, years in which competition with Spain developed into war. This is a must-have title for readers of Tudor and Stuart history. The author, Edmond Smith, is Presidential Fellow in Economic Cultures at the University of Manchester. Yale’s publicity says that Smith in examining English traders “…unpicks their behavior, relationships, and experiences, from exporting wool to Russia, importing exotic luxuries from India, and building plantations in America” in the period in which England becomes a leading world power. ISBN 9780300257953