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Capital at Work in Antwerp’s Golden Age. [Studies in European Urban History, Vol. 55.]


Antwerp in the first half of the sixteenth century provides an ideal vantage point from which to observe ‘capital at work’ in close-up and in practical detail, with as central question: what were capitalists really up to, and how did they achieve their objectives? Erasmus Schetz, Gaspar Ducci, and Gilbert van Schoonbeke. Contemporaries made it indisputably clear that these three moneymakers were exceptional, from different perspectives and for different reasons, but all commentators implicitly or explicitly referred to their unique economic achievements, and they were right to do so. The exceptional careers of the three protagonists shed light on the potential of the most dynamic economic centre of Europe – and the world – during early globalization. Precisely because their economic initiatives were far more ambitious than what other businessmen in Antwerp could or would consider or achieve, their careers are ideal vantage points for observing and analysing ‘capital at work’. They also provide an opportunity to examine how commercial capitalism changed and/or was transformed, and in what measure the three protagonists extended the frontiers of capitalism.

SKU: 39128 Category: Tag:
Author: Soly, Hugo
Year: 2022
ISBN: 9782503595634
Pages: 303
Language: English
Publisher: Brepols
Publisher's city: Turnhout
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