The Company Director: Commerce, State and Society, 1600-1708

Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesis


This thesis traces the social networks of company directors involved in multinational commerce during the seventeenth century. It places commerce and directors at the centre of key economic, political and social developments during the seventeenth century, answering three interrelated questions: how did relationships between different corporate spheres change during the seventeenth century? How did the director develop as a socioeconomic agent during the seventeenth century? How did directors influence the formation of the English political economy? The thesis challenges the assumption that conflicts between insiders and outsiders in the commercial community accelerated the formation of the English political economy by tracing networks across a community of diverse individuals. It offers a new understanding of the relationship between commerce, politics and society in seventeenth century England, and demonstrates the importance of company directors as socioeconomic agents, emphasising the social nature of the early modern trading corporation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages417
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Note re. dissertation

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Pettigrew, William A.
Uncontrolled keywords: Networks; Directors; Companies; Political-Economy; Early-Modern; Commerce; Global; Trade;
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
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Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2017 18:00 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:44 UTC
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