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Keeping It in the Family: The Swedish East India Company and the Irvine Family, 1731–1770
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7334-6449
2020 (English)In: Journal of world history, ISSN 1045-6007, E-ISSN 1527-8050, Vol. 31, no 3, p. 567-595Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article traces Charles Irvine’s and his extended family’ s engagement with the Swedish East India Company between 1731 and 1770. It shows how changing international and domestic conditions influenced the opportunities British subjects had to cross company lines and national borders and engage in different parts of the Asian trade. Considering the context of the family structure, the article also discusses how immediate and future family interests shaped the agents’ interactions with Asian markets. Covering a period of nearly forty years, the article brings to the fore how adaptable the family was to changing circumstances; its members positioned themselves inside and outside the company in ways that allowed them to maximize profits and minimize risks. The results of the study point to the need to consider the mutual dependency that existed between charted companies and flexible families in East Indian trade.

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Hawaii: University of Hawai'i Press, 2020. Vol. 31, no 3, p. 567-595
Keywords [en]
East India trade, interloper, Eighteenth-century, family, social reproduction
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History
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Research Profiles 2009-2020, Intercultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-34930DOI: 10.1353/jwh.2020.0032ISI: 000564035000005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85089934288OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-34930DiVA, id: diva2:1463417
Available from: 2020-09-01 Created: 2020-09-01 Last updated: 2021-11-12Bibliographically approved

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