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Author Maischak, Lars, 1970- author

Title German merchants in the nineteenth-century Atlantic / Lars Maischak
Published Washington, D.C. : German Historical Institute ; Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 295 pages) : illustrations
Series Publications of the German Historical Institute
Publications of the German Historical Institute.
Contents Introduction -- Part I. Moorings of the Hanseatic Network: 1. Prudent pioneers: Hanseats in trans-Atlantic trade, 1798-1860; 2. The Hanseatic household: families, firms, and faith, 1815-1864; 3. Cosmopolitan conservatives: home-town traditions and Western ideas in Bremish politics, 1806-1860 -- Part II. Exchanges: In a Transnational World: 4. Free labor and dependent labor: from patronage to wage labor and social control, 1815-1861; 5. International improvement: Hanseats, Hamiltonians, and Jacksonians, 1845-1860; 6. Nations, races, and empires: Hanseats encounter the other, 1837-1859 -- Part. III. Decline of a Cosmopolitan Community: 7. The end of merchant-capital: crisis and adaptation in a world of industrial capitalism, 1857-1890; 8. Decisions and divisions: Hanseatic responses to nation-making wars, 1859-1867; 9. Patriarchs into patriots: Hanseats in a world of nation-states, 1867-1945 -- Conclusion
Summary "This study brings to life the community of trans-Atlantic merchants who established strong economic, political, and cultural ties between the United States and the city-republic of Bremen, Germany in the nineteenth century. Lars Maischak shows that the success of Bremen's merchants in helping make an industrial-capitalist world market created the conditions of their ultimate undoing: the new economy of industrial capitalism gave rise to democracy and the nation-state, undermining the political and economic power of this mercantile elite. Maischak argues that the experience of Bremen's merchants is representative of the transformation of the role of merchant capital in the first wave of globalization, with implications for our understanding of modern capitalism, in general"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-290) and index
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Subject Hanseatic League -- History -- 19th century.
Merchants -- Germany -- History -- 19th century.
Merchants -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Germany -- Commerce -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Commerce -- Germany -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1139083643 (electronic bk.)
1316047954 (electronic bk.)
9781139083645 (electronic bk.)
9781316047958 (electronic bk.)