Commerce and Mercantile Culture in Early Modern Spain
Commerce and Mercantile Culture in Early Modern Spain examines the vibrant commercial culture that thrived with the 1500s commercial expansion, struggled in the 1600s, and rebounded in the late 1600s. Far-reaching trade brought new attitudes towards wealth, the common good, and learning that expanded well into the 18th century. It demonstrates how practical modes of thinking created a shift in values from honor to business, trade, and money. In the epistemological moment the book describes we find new ways of thinking about the relationship between theory, practice, and ethics that are typical of modernity, new methods to build and produce wealth, and new attitudes towards the importance of commerce and the state, as well as professional self-advancement, across the Hispanic world.