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Entrepreneurial Families

Business, Marriage and Life in the Early Nineteenth Century


Studies in Business History: 3

Andrew Popp

208pp: 234x156mm: 2012
HB 978 1 84893 236 4: £75/$120

eBook: £30 (incl. VAT)

'This is a welcome addition to a new kind of business history that attempts to "re-humanize" our understanding of the economic decisions of families and firms in the past.'

Family & Community History


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Entrepreneurship is increasingly being recognized as an important facet of economic history. Popp examines the Shaw family business to present a study of entrepreneurism that puts the family centre stage. This focus on the influence of social relationships marks a new direction in business history, one that provides a more nuanced picture of economic development in nineteenth-century Britain.

Introduction: An Unlimited Partnership
1 ‘Did You Really Think Your Letter Would Prove Too Long?’ Epistolary Lives
2 John Shaw in Business
3 John and Elizabeth in Love
4 ‘Our Present Adventure’: India and Beyond
5 ‘To Work Hard for a Larger Family': Managing Work and Family
6 ‘The Whole Circle of Our Acquaintance': Networks and Sociability
7 ‘Happiness (in Earthly Things)': Getting and Having
Conclusion: The Life They Made
Epilogue
Andrew Popp, University of Liverpool
  • 'This is a welcome addition to a new kind of business history that attempts to "re-humanize" our understanding of the economic decisions of families and firms in the past.'

    Family & Community History

  • 'This highly innovative book is path-breaking for its rounded and perceptive insights into human behaviour in a nineteenth-century family business. This intimate history is impeccably researched, with a subtle combination of theory and history making for an engaging and highly stimulating book.'

    Mary Rose, Lancaster University Management School

  • 'in this charming study [Popp] has succeeded in his aim of humanising business history, and the implications of his approach are profound'

    Reviews in History

ISBNs: 9781848932364 978-1-84893-236-4 ISBNs: 9781848932371 978-1-84893-237-1 ISBNs: 9781781443170 978-1-78144-317-0

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