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Market Ethics and Practices, c.1300-1850

by Simon (Sheffield University, UK) Middleton

Market Ethics and Practices, c.1300-1850 Synopsis

Market Ethics and Practices, c. 1300-1850 analyses the nature, development, and operation of market ethics in the context of social practices, ranging from rituals of exchange and unofficial expectations to law, institutions, and formal regulations from the late medieval through to the modern era. Divided into two parts, the first explores the principles and regulations of market ethics, such as the relations between professed norms and economic behaviour across a range of geographies and chronologies. The chapters consider key subjects such as medieval attitudes towards merchant activities across Europe, North Africa, and Asia; market regulations and the notion of the common good ; Adam Smith's conception of moral capitalism; and the combining of religious and capitalist ethics in Nat Turner's Confession. The second part provides microstudies that offer insights into topics such as household and market relations in colonial New England; the harsher side of the consumer economy experienced by a family of parasol sellers from Lyon; informal Jewish networks in the early modern Caribbean and slave trade; merchant networks and commercial litigation in eighteenth-century France; and early encounters and the informal norms of fur trading between Europeans and Native Americans. This book provides an understanding of the key pre-modern economic historiography, whilst pointing students towards new debates and the historical significance for our collective economic future. It is ideal for students and postgraduates of late medieval and early modern economic history.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781138281578
Publication date: 4th December 2017
Author: Simon (Sheffield University, UK) Middleton
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 232 pages
Categories: Industrialisation & industrial history, Economic history, Business ethics & social responsibility,

About Simon (Sheffield University, UK) Middleton

Simon Middleton (College of William and Mary) is author of From Privileges to Rights: Work and Politics in Colonial New York (2006) and co-editer of Class Matters (2008). He is working on a book investigating the introduction of paper money to colonial America. James E. Shaw (University of Sheffield) is a historian who focuses on the relationship of legal structures (laws, practices, institutions) to the daily practices of economic life. His books include The Justice of Venice (2006) and Making and Marketing Medicines in Renaissance Florence (2011).

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