Parting Companies: The Glorious Revolution, The Trading Companies, and Imperial Mercantilism

Pettigrew, William A. and Van Cleve, George W. (2014) Parting Companies: The Glorious Revolution, The Trading Companies, and Imperial Mercantilism. Historical Journal, 57 (3). pp. 617-638. ISSN 0018-246X. E-ISSN 1469-5103. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X14000107) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article revisits the late seventeenth-century histories of two of England's most successful overseas trading monopolies, the East India and Royal African Companies. It offers the first full account of the various enforcement powers and strategies that both companies developed and stresses their unity of purpose in the seventeenth century. It assesses the complex effects that the ‘Glorious Revolution’ had on these powers and strategies, unearthing much new material about the case law for monopoly enforcement in this critical period and revising existing accounts that continue to assert the Revolution's exclusively deregulating effects and that miss crucial subtleties in the case law and related alterations in company behaviour. It asks why the two companies parted company as legal and political entities and offers an explanation that connects the fortunes of both monopoly companies to their public profile and differing constituencies in the English empire and the varying non-European political contexts in which they operated.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: M.R.L. Hurst
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2016 14:28 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2016 14:29 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54111 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Pettigrew, William A.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7200-6717
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