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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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Trade across Religious and Confessional Boundaries in Early Modern France

Trade across Religious and Confessional Boundaries in Early Modern France

(p.169) 7 Trade across Religious and Confessional Boundaries in Early Modern France
Religion and Trade

Silvia Marzagalli

Oxford University Press

This chapter suggests that France’s emergence as one of the great early modern European commercial powers was predicated upon daily interactions between merchants of different religions and confessions who lived side by side in many cities of the kingdom. It identifies evidence of cross-cultural and trans-confessional trade in the primary sources and in the existing secondary literature on early modern France, with a particular focus on Bordeaux. In so doing, the chapter questions the conventional assumption that trade networks worked because they were formed by coreligionists. It proposes, instead, that merchants’ propensity to rely on coreligionists varied according to the risk associated with different kinds of economic transactions. In fact, a common legal and jurisdictional system allowed all merchants residing in France and its colonies to contract with one another.

Keywords:   trade networks, cross-cultural trade, trans-confessional trade, Bordeaux, France, early modern

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