December 2, 2015

Dhondt on the Aftermath of the War of the Spanish Succession and Commercial Policy

Frederik Dhondt, Research Group (CORE), Research Foundation Flanders, Department of Interdisciplinary Study of Law, Private Law and Business law, Legal History Institute, has published 'Arrestez Et Pillez Contre Toute Sorte De Droit': Commercial Treaties, Neutrality and the Aftershocks of the Spanish Succession as CORE Working Paper Series 2015-II (Vrije Universiteit Bussel). Here is the abstract.
The Peace of Utrecht (11 April 1713) ended a century of bloodshed on the continent. Inter alia by setting new rules for trade with the Spanish Indies and redesigning the balance of Italy. Yet, five years later, a new conflict broke out. France and Britain united with the Emperor against Spain. No particular convention was reached regarding commercial matters for the duration of the conflict. The present paper analyses the complex interplay between trade policy, privateering, warfare, neutrality, corruption, consular and local jurisdiction and diplomatic intercession, based on individual cases contained in the French Maritime records (Archives Nationales, Marine, series B1), as well as Franco-British diplomatic correspondence (Archives Diplomatiques, National Archives). Its main purpose is to help understanding the disconnect between, on the one hand, cordial Franco-British relations regarding “high policy” and, on the other hand, unfettered commercial rivalry.
Download the working paper from SSRN.

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