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Religion and TradeCross-Cultural Exchanges in World History, 1000-1900$
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Francesca Trivellato, Leor Halevi, and Catia Antunes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199379187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199379187.001.0001

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Cross-Cultural Business Cooperation in the Dutch Trading World, 1580–1776

Cross-Cultural Business Cooperation in the Dutch Trading World, 1580–1776

A View from Amsterdam’s Notarial Contracts

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Religion and Trade

Cátia Antunes

Oxford University Press

A broad historiographical consensus regards families and religious communities as possessing efficient tools to curb economic misbehavior and, therefore, as playing a significant role in decreasing transaction costs associated with early modern international commerce and finance. This chapter challenges this consensus and presents the fruits of a large-scale project based on over 25,000 notarial contracts registered in Amsterdam between 1580 and 1776. These contracts reveal the extent of economic transactions between Jews and Christians. The author shows the role played by legal constraints in these transactions and outlines the changing geographical and economic patterns of cross-religious associations.

Keywords:   cross-religious, commerce, notarial contracts, Jews, Christians, Amsterdam, early modern

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