A Deus Ex Machina Revisited: Atlantic Colonial Trade and European Economic Development

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P. C. Emmer, Olivier Pétré-Grenouilleau, Jessica V. Roitman
Brill, 2006 - Business & Economics - 358 pages
The effects of the expansion of Europe have fascinated historians and economists, as well as the public at large, for centuries. One of the most intriguing and controversial effects of Europe's expansion has been the trade that resulted from this movement out of Europe and into other regions of the world. The role of foreign trade in Europe's economic growth and especially in its industrialization has long been hotly contested. This volume has as its point of departure the idea that the link between colonial trade and the development of Europe was much more complex than hitherto believed. Because this link is so complex, this volume contains essays by various specialists to assess the new directions in the historiography. Moreover, this volume examines the debate on the impact of colonial trade on countries such as Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden, which are usually ignored in favor of discussion about Britain.Contributors include: D.H. Andersen, G. Le Bouëdec, M. Bustos Rodríguez, F. Crouzet, G. Daudin, P.C. Emmer, B. Etemad, M. Morineau, L. Müller, P. O Brien, O. Pétré-Grenouilleau, H. Pietschmann, P. Pourchasse, J.V. Roitman, P. Verley, and N. Wiecker.

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Chapter One A Critical Review of a Tradition
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Pieter C. Emmer, Ph.D. (1974), University of Amsterdam, is professor in the History of the Expansion of Europe at the University of Leiden. He has published extensively on migration and on the Dutch slave trade, including Dutch in the Atlantic Economy, 1580-1880 (Aldershot, 1998) and De Nederlandse slavenhandel, 1500-1850 (Amsterdam, 2000).Olivier Pétré-Grenouilleau, Ph.D. (1994), University of Rennes, is a professor in modern and contemporary history at the University of Lorient (France) and a fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France. He has published ten books since 1995 mainly devoted to the history of Nantes, of the French maritime economy, of the colonial expansion of Europe and of the slave trades. His most recent work is the critically acclaimed Les traites négričres: Essai d'Histoire Globale (2004), which has received the Prix de l'Académie Française and the Prix du Sénat.Jessica V. Roitman is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of European Expansion at the University of Leiden. Her work focuses on Sephardic trade networks in the Portuguese and Dutch Atlantic. She has forthcoming publications in Migration, Integration, Minorities, a European Encyclopaedia to be published by Cambridge University Press and the Portuguese Studies Review.

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