Capitalism in Amsterdam in the Seventeenth Century

Capitalism in Amsterdam in the Seventeenth Century

Capitalism in Amsterdam in the Seventeenth Century

Capitalism in Amsterdam in the Seventeenth Century

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This study when first contemplated was to have been a chapter in a book on Anglo-Dutch commercial rivalry in the seventeenth century. But the book remains stubbornly unfinished, while the chapter has taken on independent existence and is here presented. I welcome the opportunity it affords to express my thanks to the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation for a research fellowship, to the Social Science Research Council for a grant in aid, and to Vassar College for leaves on generous terms. Without this assistance the long delightful periods of study in Dutch and English archives and libraries could not have been. The courtesies and privileges enjoyed in the Gemeente Oud-Archief in Amsterdam, the Rijks Archief and the Koninklijcke Bibliotheek in the Hague, the Public Record Office, the London Library, and the British Museum in London, the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and the wise kindliness of their respective staffs, are gratefully remembered. I am indebted beyond accounting to Mr. Simon Hart, archivist in the Gemeente Oud-Archief, not only for guidance in using the massive resources of Amsterdam's archives, but also for generous encouragement, for valuable bibliographical advice, and for specific information some of which, with his permission, I have used in this study as the notes attest. In a more general but very real way I am indebted to Dr. J. G. van Dillen, distinguished Professor of Economic History in the University of Utrecht, for many helpful suggestions from the store of his knowledge of Amsterdam's history in her greatest period.

Here at home the librarians of the Vassar College Library have been untiring in their response to appeals for assistance. I would especially thank Miss Elizabeth Richards, Reference Librarian, who has been invincible in answering hard bibliographical questions; and Miss Rosalie Tucker for finding and borrowing through inter-library loan rare works needed for consultation. My colleague, Professor Evalyn Clark of the Department of History of Vassar College, spared time from . . .

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