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By Sanjay Subrahmanyam

Service provider service provider used to be a world phenomenon within the early sleek period, and within the starting to be contacts among peoples and cultures, retailers might be visible as privileged intermediaries. This assortment is exclusive in essaying a really worldwide insurance of mercantile actions, from the Wangara of the primary Sudan, Mississippi and Huron Indians, to the position of the Jews, the Muslim retailers of Anatolia, to the social constitution of the mercantile periods in early sleek England. The histories of service provider groups aren't their histories by myself, but additionally the histories of assumptions touching on their contexts. From the comparative point of view followed the following, it emerges that during markets the place Western eu retailers vied for position with opponents from the close to East, South Asia or East Asia, they have been quite often unsuccessful.

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53 The researches of F. early seventeenth century Bonvisi enterprise continued to be based on the family unit. The six Bonvisi companies established at Lyon between 1575 and 1629 were formed entirely by members of the Bonvisi family. 54 These examples of family firms, often consisting of independent units, but bound together by family relationships and investments, can be greatly multiplied. The phenomenon was characteristic of Italian, and indeed of comparable South German " business relationships in general; and to the Tuscan examples cited above might be added others involving the prominent banking houses of the more individualistic Genoese * and the more limited establishments of the Venetians.

JJ H. KELLENBENZ, The Rise oj the European Economy (London, 1976), pp. 150-2, 173. 56 On the role of the family in Genoese business see HEERS, Le clan familial, pp. 2344. O. P. 93 (8). O. CJP. 109 (59), 1022 (57); E101/129/11, 113. P. O. CJP. 315 (66). «> JLP. v, 684. P. v, 684. CJLO. Reps, of Aldermen, 5, fo. 88 almost certainly relates also to the Jeffrey Grymbaldys of the English records. 62 The structure of the Italian business community in London in the first half of the sixteenth century provides overwhelming support for those scholars who would stress the continuing importance of the Italian family in economic life.

25> MERCHANT NETWORKS 26 M. E. 107 What was distinctive was the emergence for the professional commission agent, and the concomitant decline in the number of large business concerns with branches in England. This development is in part a reflection of contemporary European trends. With the re-emergence of strong monarchy in the north, government finance and court requirements might still offer a spectacular career to the individual Italian firm like the Bonvisi of London. But for Italian commerce generally the sixteenth century was a time of disruptions and difficulties.

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