Heavenly Merchandize: How Religion Shaped Commerce in Puritan America by Mark Valeri
Heavenly Merchandize offers a critical review of the role of religion in creating a market economy in early America. Focusing on New England's economic culture, she looks at trade through…
Heavenly Merchandize synopsis
Heavenly Merchandize offers a critical review of the role of religion in creating a market economy in early America. Focusing on New England's economic culture, she looks at trade through the eyes of four generations of Boston merchants, based on their personal letters, memoirs, business records and diaries to reveal how traders have built a new form of exchange through profound transformations. In a well-understood understanding of discipline, caring, and the meaning of New England.
Marc Valerie traces the careers of men like Robert Kayan, a London immigrant punished by his church for aggressive business practices. John Hall, Silversmith, Trader who helped establish business networks in the West Indies; and Hugh Hall, one of the first slave traders in New England.
Explores how Boston's ministers redrafted their moral language throughout the century, from a written speech against many market practices to a universalist divine view that justified England's commercial hegemony and began the market as a divine building. Valerie goes beyond simple readings that reduce business to secular mental groups and refutes the common notion of the inherent convergence of commitment and capitalism.
He explains how ideas have changed about what it means to be religious and familiar with the business practices of Boston merchants, who filled their books with reflections in the Bible and the natural order, founded the churches and led them, and spiritual reflections written in their letters and their daily memoirs. .
Unprecedented in a wide and rich range of ideas, Heavenly Merchandise highlights the history behind the ongoing American dilemma of ethics and the marketplace.
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