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The authors' paper has three main objectives. First, they build upon the earlier research of the Guide du Commerce (1773) and French trade to examine business networks emanating from eighteenth-century Nantes. Second, through the use of techniques drawn from social theory, they analyse these networks in terms of their linkages and their dominance across space and time. Third, by examining the accounting transactions themselves, they assess the importance of network structures on the financial as well as social dimension.
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