Bargaining for Shelter: An Entrepreneurial Analysis of the Ostend Company, 1714-1740

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Bargaining for Shelter: An Entrepreneurial Analysis of the Ostend Company, 1714-1740

Type: Research master thesis
Title: Bargaining for Shelter: An Entrepreneurial Analysis of the Ostend Company, 1714-1740
Author: Dreijer, Gijs
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: Business history
Ostend Company
Entrepreneurship
Legal history
Bengal
Canton
Abstract: This thesis examines the entrepreneurial reasons for establishing the Ostend Company (1722-1727) in the context of socio-political developments in the aftermath of the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1713). The thesis concludes that the Ostend Company could be established because: internal competition in the Southern Netherlands had to be eliminated to restore profitability of the Chinese tea trade; merchants from the Southern Netherlands could not gain trading concessions in Bengal without the institutional protection of a Company (under the Habsburg Emperor); the Habsburg administration judged that overseas trade was instrumental for the economic development of the Southern Netherlands, in turn strengthening Habsburg authority there; and the Dutch and English threat of waging war against the commercial initiatives in the Southern Netherlands turned out to be a hollow one.
Supervisor: Antunes, Catia
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: History (Research master)
Specialisation: Cities, Migration & Global Interdependence
ECTS Credits: 40
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/50279
 

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