Merchants and Revolution
Commerce in the 16th and 17th centuries
- Merchants and Revolution: Commercial Change, Political Conflict, and London's Overseas Traders, 1550-1653
Robert Brenner - Cambridge University Press, 1993 - xx + 734 pp. - £40
If Robert Brenner's ambitious study of commerce and the Civil War has any heroes they are the prominent London merchants Samuel Vassall and Maurice Thomson. Both made their fortunes in the new American colonial trade (Vassall with Massachusetts and Thomson with Virginia) and both were also key Parliamentarian supporters in the City. Vassall was a London MP and a leader of the Presbyterians after 1643, Thomson was an lndependent whose influence on the commercial policies of the Commonwealth was extensive.