Title: Finance, commerce, and politics in seventeenth-century England: The case of Thompson and Company 1671-1678
Funded by: AHRC White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities
Start year: 2016
Semester Two 2019/20 Office Hour: Tuesdays 13:00 - 15:00 (Jessop West 2.01a)
This thesis uses the bank of Thompson and Company, 1671-1678, as a case study to investigate wider financial practices, social and commercial networks, and the relationship between finance, commerce, and politics in the later seventeenth century. It takes a microhistorical approach, examining the institution of Thompson and Company, the social networks of its partners, the identity of its creditors, and the events and circumstances that led to its collapse. The original books and papers of the bank were lost or destroyed by the partners after their bankruptcy, so in order to investigate the bank it has to be reconstructed from other surviving source material. The primary source base used for this study is Chancery court proceedings from 1660-1688 held at the National Archives.
Thompson and Company rarely feature in existing historiography. The majority of existing studies that do mention Thompson and Company focus on what the partners and their bank can reveal about the political and economic life of their relative, the poet and politician Andrew Marvell. This thesis therefore aims to situate Thompson and Company within the wider historiography of English banking, finance, commerce, and politics, demonstrating the larger significance of the bank as an institution and its intersection with many aspects of seventeenth-century society and culture.
Associate Tutor: HST115 The 'Disenchantment' of Early Modern Europe, c. 1570-1770