Business History Bleg: British Trading Houses
| Peter Klein |
I’m advising a PhD student in sociology (yes, it’s true) who’s studying the rise of British commercial influence in the Far East. He’s particularly interested in Jardine Matheson & Company, a Hong Kong trading company founded in 1832 that grew quickly into a pre-modern industrial conglomerate. Can anyone recommend references on the organization and strategy of 19th-century trading firms, their political, social, and cultural activities and influence, and their role in trade and economic growth more broadly?