Introduction: Crossing Companies

Gottmann, Felicia and Stern, Philip (2020) Introduction: Crossing Companies. Journal of World History, 31 (3). pp. 477-488. ISSN 1045-6007

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Imperial and world history have revealed how chartered companies led early modern European colonial and commercial expansion, and have demonstrated the critical role of go-betweens, permeable borders, and transnational networks in shaping these processes. Despite these insights, the scholarship largely continues to treat such companies as coherent, self-contained, and primarily national institutions. This special issue explores the ways in which these overseas companies were in fact constituted by people, ideas, capital, and goods that cut across both national and institutional boundaries. It examines both the ways more famous concerns, such as the Dutch and English East India Companies, as well as a range of lesser-studied European overseas companies were defined by such transnational networks. Applying the approaches of world history to the constitution of overseas European companies in turn reveals how early modern world history came to define “Europe” itself in the early modern period.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: chartered corporations, East India companies, early modern, global history, transnational history
Subjects: V100 History by period
V200 History by area
V300 History by topic
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
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Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 12 May 2020 08:21
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 14:24

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