Scholars in the field of eighteenth-century commerce will welcome this translation of Professor Schulte Beerbühl’s Deutsche Kaufleute in London. The original work received warm reviews on its appearance in 2007, and, although abridged and revised, this publication will enable a much wider audience to appreciate the author’s painstaking and valuable research.

The book’s principal aim is to cast light on the trade of German merchants who settled in London, and the author’s research reveals that they made a significant contribution to its rise to global entrepôt in the course of the long eighteenth century. As the author rightly points out, more attention has been paid to London’s other foreign communities in this period, and this work will undoubtedly help to promote further study of the impact of immigration on Britain’s commercial success. Historians have long recognised the importance of the German...

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