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Trade networks and migration, early modern Europe

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  1. Cátia Antunes

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm535

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Antunes, C. 2013. Trade networks and migration, early modern Europe. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

European trade networks during the early modern period were cause and consequence of migratory flows throughout the world. Even though the contribution of early modern European trade networks to the process of globalization is mostly ascribed to their economic function of transacting capital and products, trade networks also contributed heavily to the movement of people worldwide. In this article we will focus on two types of migratory flows provoked, facilitated by, or resulting from the growth and dynamics of trading networks in the period between 1500 and 1750: temporary employees of trading networks (agents of business) and permanent business representatives (agents of settlement).

Keywords:

  • development;
  • immigration;
  • Asia;
  • capitalism;
  • early modern