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The Familiarity of Strangers: The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Period

The Familiarity of Strangers: The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the... 298 Book Reviews / Journal of Early Modern History 15 (2011) 289-300 Trivellato, Francesca, The Familiarity of Strangers: The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Period (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 488 pp., £30.00/$50.00, ISBN-10: 0 300 13683 8, ISBN-13: 978 0 300 13683 8. Francesca Trivellato’s The Familiarity of Strangers challenges the conven- tional wisdom about trading diasporas. She argues that diasporas such as Quakers or Jews did far more than trade with one another and that net- works based on family and ethnicity did not ensure trust. While there are articles revising this historiography (such as those by David Hancock and Silvia Manganelli in Business History Review , 2005) as well as the recently edited Bright-Meyler Papers (by Kenneth Morgan, 2007), it is good to see a monograph on this theme. It was certainly exciting to see such a chal- lenge being addressed and Trivellato structures her argument extremely well. Indeed, this book has amazing breadth and links the Mediterranean with the Atlantic, and Africa with India by charting cross-cultural trade, which Trivellato defines as “steady commission agency between merchants who shared no ‘natural’ affiliation, and where no overarching http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Early Modern History Brill

The Familiarity of Strangers: The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Period

Journal of Early Modern History , Volume 15 (3): 298 – Jan 1, 2011

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Brill
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© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1385-3783
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1570-0658
DOI
10.1163/157006510X512287
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298 Book Reviews / Journal of Early Modern History 15 (2011) 289-300 Trivellato, Francesca, The Familiarity of Strangers: The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Period (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 488 pp., £30.00/$50.00, ISBN-10: 0 300 13683 8, ISBN-13: 978 0 300 13683 8. Francesca Trivellato’s The Familiarity of Strangers challenges the conven- tional wisdom about trading diasporas. She argues that diasporas such as Quakers or Jews did far more than trade with one another and that net- works based on family and ethnicity did not ensure trust. While there are articles revising this historiography (such as those by David Hancock and Silvia Manganelli in Business History Review , 2005) as well as the recently edited Bright-Meyler Papers (by Kenneth Morgan, 2007), it is good to see a monograph on this theme. It was certainly exciting to see such a chal- lenge being addressed and Trivellato structures her argument extremely well. Indeed, this book has amazing breadth and links the Mediterranean with the Atlantic, and Africa with India by charting cross-cultural trade, which Trivellato defines as “steady commission agency between merchants who shared no ‘natural’ affiliation, and where no overarching

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Published: Jan 1, 2011

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