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Introduction John J. McCusker and Kenneth Morgan Part I. The Role of Merchants and their Connections: 1. Risk, credit and kinship in early modern enterprise Peter Mathias 2. Business networks in the British export trade to North America, 1750-1800 Kenneth Morgan Part II. The Development of Trades: 3. Property versus commerce in the mid-eighteenth century port of London Henry Roseveare 4. Irish businessman and French courtier: the career of Thomas Sutton, Comte de Clonard, c. 1722-1782 L. M. Cullen 5. 'A revolution in the trade': wine distribution and the development of the infrastructure of the Atlantic market economy, 1703-1807 David Hancock 6. Law, credit, the supply of labour, and the organization of sugar production in the colonial greater Caribbean: a comparison of Brazil and Barbados in the seventeenth century Russell R. Menard 7. The revolutionary impact of European demand for tropical goods Carole Shammas 8. The business of distilling in the Old World and the New World during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: the rise of a new enterprise and its connection with colonial America John J. McCusker Part III. Imperial Economies: 9. France, Britain, and the economic growth of colonial North America Stanley L. Engerman 10. Merchants and bankers as patriots or speculators? Foreign commerce and monetary policy in wartime, 1793-1815 Patrick K. O'Brien 11. America and the crisis of the British imperial economy, 1803-1807 François Crouzet Part IV. Colonial Working Societies: 12. Emigration and the standard of living: the eighteenth-century Chesapeake Lois Green Carr 13. After tobacco: the slave labour pattern on a large Chesapeake grain-and-livestock plantation in the early nineteenth century Richard S. Dunn.