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Mercantile Roots

  • Brian O’Sullivan
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance book series (PSHF)

Abstract

This chapter examines the mercantile activities of the merchant banks in the increasingly difficult economic environment of the interwar period. Some firms remained true to their mercantile roots, either by continuing as international traders or by becoming specialist operators within trading conglomerates. Such models were common in South America and the Far East. These variants on the merchant banking model are no less relevant than those that focused purely on financial activities, enabling some firms to continue their mercantile activities beyond the interwar period.

Keywords

Merchant traders British overseas banks Trading houses Commodities Nitrate Guggenheim 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Thomas Miller InvestmentKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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