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Trade and Traders in Mid-Victorian LiverpoolMercantile Business and the Making of a World Port$
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Graeme Milne

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236061

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314261

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Introduction: Boom, Bust, Crisis and Opportunity

Introduction: Boom, Bust, Crisis and Opportunity

(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction: Boom, Bust, Crisis and Opportunity
Trade and Traders in Mid-Victorian Liverpool
Liverpool University Press

This chapter, which addresses the previous efforts to investigate the Liverpool trading community, underlines the successes and limitations of earlier studies, and determines the avenues for further exploration. The value of Liverpool to the historian of the nineteenth century originated from its trading dynamism and its great mix of social, economic, and political forces. The community of Liverpool was just as aggressive in its opinions about competitors. Liverpool traders played an important role in evaluating the abilities of a business community. The role of the trading community is also considered. Major financial upheavals and bankruptcies are described in detail alongside the success stories of the trading community of the port. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in the book is given.

Keywords:   trading community, Liverpool, trading dynamism, traders, business community, bankruptcies, port

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