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Gender at sea: women and the East India Company in seventeenth-century London


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Sharpe, P 2004 , 'Gender at sea: women and the East India Company in seventeenth-century London', in Penelope Lane and Neil Raven and K. D. M Snell (eds.), Women, work and wages in England, 1600 - 1850 , The Boydell Press, Suffolk, UK, pp. 47-67.

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Journalistic comment on the recent anti-globalization protests make the
assumption that multinational trade, where companies take on some of
the functions of nations, is a modern phenomenon. Yet the East India
Companies of the various states of the seventeenth century present some
similar circumstances, and the English East India Company has recently
celebrated its 400th anniversary. As the major historian of the English East
India Company, Chaudhuri, put it: 'In many ways, the East India Company
was the direct ancestor of the modern giant. 'business firm, handling a
multitude of trading products and operating in an international setting.'!
The East India Company traded on the seas -the pre-eminent commercial
realm of the early modern period -but also their operations included
quasi-banking functions, property management and a role in the relief of poverty.

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Authors/Creators:Sharpe, P
Publisher: The Boydell Press
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