Author(s): Manuel Llorca-Jana
London merchant bankers emerged during the 1820s in the wake of financial turmoil caused by the wars of American Independence, the Napoleonic campaigns and the Anglo-American war of 1812. Though the majority of merchant bankers remained cautious in their affairs, Huth & Co established an impressive global network of trade and lending, dealing with over 6,000 correspondents in more than seventy countries. Based on archival research, this comparative study provides a new chronology of early nineteenth-century commercial and financial expansion.
Huth & Co. were truly market-makers and key intermediaries of commodities and capital flows in the international economy. This is an important example of a firm shaping globalisation well before the transport and communication revolution of the last quarter of the nineteenth century. But rather than a case study, this is a comparative study concerned with the commercial and financial activities of the leading merchant-bankers of the period
This book will be of great interest to business and economic historians interested in the nature of the early decades of the first globalization.
Manuel Llorca-Jana is Associate Professor of Economic and Business History at Universidad de Santiago, Chile.
1. Early life and activities of Frederick Huth, founder of the company, c.1777-1822 2. Expansion of the firm during the 1820s-1830s and the South American branches 3. The Spanish and German connections during the 1820s-1840s 4. The Liverpool branch, agents in Britain and the US connection 5. A global enterprise of trade and lending 6. Risk management credit strategies 7. Conclusions