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A Jewish Web of Textiles and Connections 1782-1850

The starting point of this project is the expanding market for consumer goods during the first half of the 18th century in Sweden. International research has shown that Jews, to a greater extent than non-Jews, were involved in the modernisation of the economy. We investigate the importance of the group of immigrated Jewish manufacturers and merchants in Göteborg during the early 19th century. A focus is placed on their role in the production and trade of new consumer goods such as textiles, sugar and other colonial products. A main purpose of this project is to increase the knowledge of how Sweden was integrated with the European and global consumer market and how the new and attractive goods were distributed to a wide range of consumers in pre-industrial Sweden. Secondly, we focus on the importance of trade and family networks. This project will give a contribution to the history of Jews in Sweden.

The project started in 2009 and is financed by The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) and the Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council (Handelns utvecklingsråd).

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Pia Lundqvist, research fellow and lecturer, history

Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg

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46 31-786 5948

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