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A Textile Web: Jewish immigrants in Gothenburg in the early nineteenth century and their impact on the textile market

Författare och institution:
Anna Brismark (-); Pia Lundqvist (Institutionen för historiska studier)
Publicerad i:
Scandinavian Journal of History, 40 ( 4 ) s. 485-511
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
The 1830s has been singled out as the decade in which the Swedish consumer market really started to expand. In the same period, cotton textile production expanded in the Gothenburg area. A small group of immigrant Jewish families played an important role in this development. The impact of Jewish merchants on the growth of the consumer goods market is consistent with international research. Their entrepreneurial activities and renewal of textile production and trade have been emphasized. This has, however, not been paid much attention to in the Swedish research. This article discusses what impact the Jewish immigrants had on the increase of the textile market in Gothenburg and its surroundings. Through a couple of case studies and examples, we want to elucidate the significance of Jewish textile production and trade: Jewish calico printers started up mass production of fashionable fabrics in the 1820s. Furthermore, Jewish merchants spread their goods to customers in the countryside in cooperation with Swedish pedlars. The authors also discuss different reasons why the Jews played such a significant role during this particular period: The role of the legislation, the Jewish textile tradition, access to capital, networks, effective distribution, a growing consumer demand, and the geographical context.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Ekonomi och näringsliv ->
Ekonomisk historia
Historia och arkeologi ->
textiles, Jewish immigration, 19th-century Sweden
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Posten skapad:
2015-09-02 08:00
Posten ändrad:
2015-09-02 12:59

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