Emporium of the world: the merchants of London 1660-1800
This book examines one of the most dynamic groups in early modern Britain, the overseas merchants of the City of London. By 1800 London could claim pre-eminence as an international centre of commerce and finance, and its merchants were vital to that achievement. The modern City of today still owes much to these eighteenth-century commercial leaders
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