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Goods & globalisation: merchants in Tudor & Stuart England

Edmond Smith reveals how a tightly-woven merchant community helped bring about the globalisation of England between 1550 and 1650

Published: January 3, 2022 at 11:14 am
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Between 1550 and 1650, English trade flourished as thousands of merchants sought out trading ventures across the globe. In conversation with Emily Briffett, Edmond Smith tracks the experiences of England’s merchants and explores how their efforts as a community shaped England’s relationship with the rest of the world.


Edmond Smith is the author of Merchants: The Community that Shaped England's Trade and Empire, 1550–1650 (Yale University Press, 2021)


Emily BriffettPodcast editorial assistant

Emily is HistoryExtra’s podcast editorial assistant. Before joining the BBC History team in 2021, Emily graduated with an MA in Public History from Royal Holloway, University of London


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