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‘Merely for Money’? – Business Culture in the British Atlantic, 1750–1815 - Liverpool Scholarship Online
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‘Merely for Money’?: Business Culture in the British Atlantic, 1750–1815

Sheryllynne Haggerty


In 1780 Richard Sheridan noted that merchants worked ‘merely for money.’ Rather than being a criticism, this was recognition of the important commercial role that merchants played in the British empire at this time. Of course, merchants desired and often made profits, but they were bound by commonly-understood socio-cultural norms which formed a private-order institution of a robust business culture. To elucidate this business culture, this book examines the themes of risk, trust, reputation, obligation, networks and crises to demonstrate how contemporary merchants perceived and dealt with one ... More

Keywords: Richard Sheridan, British empire, socio-cultural norms, business culture, risk, trust, reputation, obligation, networks, crises

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781846318177
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317729


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sheryllynne Haggerty, author