Douglas & McIntyre
Merchant Kings

Book details:

September 2009
ISBN 978-1-55365-342-4
Hardcover
6" x 9"
256 pages
History
$34.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Merchant Kings

When Companies Ruled the World, 1600–1900

Commerce meets conquest in this swashbuckling story of the six merchant-adventurers who built the modern world, as told by “Canada’s Simon Winchester” (Globe and Mail)

Through the Age of Heroic Commerce, from the 17th to the 19th centuries, a rogue’s gallery of larger-than-life merchant kings ruled vast tracts of the globe and expanded their far-flung monopolies to generate revenue for their shareholders, feather their own nests and satisfy their vanity and curiosity. Their exploits changed the world during an age of unfettered globalization, mirroring a world we know today.

Merchant Kings looks at each ruling monopoly through its greatest merchant king and considers their stories together for the first time:

  • Jan Pieterszoon Coen of the Dutch East India Company
  • Pieter Stuyvesant of the Dutch West India Company
  • Robert Clive of the English East India Company
  • Alexandr Baranov of the Russian-American Company
  • George Simpson of the Hudson’s Bay Company
  • Cecil John Rhodes of the British South Africa Company

About the Author

Stephen R. Bown

Stephen R. Bown

Stephen R. Bown is the author of many critically acclaimed, award-winning titles, including most recently White Eskimo (Douglas & McIntyre, 2015), ...

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