Merchant Kings

Merchant Kings

When Companies Ruled the World, 1600-1900

Book - 2009
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Commerce meets conquest in this swashbuckling story of the six merchant-adventurers who built the modern world, as told by Steven Bown, .Canada's Simon Winchester. (Globe and Mail).

Through the Age of Heroic Commerce, from the 17th to the 19th centuries, a rogue's gallery of larger-than-life merchant kings ruled vast tracts of the globe and expanded their far-flung monopolies to generate revenue for their shareholders, feather their own nests and satisfy their vanity and curiosity. Their exploits changed the world during an age of unfettered globalization, mirroring a world we know today.

Merchant Kings looks at each ruling monopoly through its greatest merchant king and considers their stories together for the first time.

Publisher: Vancouver ; Toronto : Douglas & McIntyre, c2009.
ISBN: 9781553653424
Branch Call Number: 382. 09 BOW
Characteristics: 314 p., [12] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports.


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Dec 13, 2009

easy read and an interesting topic, when government charters gave monopoly control to quasi-corporations, the native population did not fare well and as usual a few rich people got much richer, and most of the merchant kings were flawed individuals (ego and greed were the basic requirements().

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