Diaspora Merchants in the Black Sea: The Greeks in Southern Russia, 1775-1861

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Lexington Books, Jan 1, 2001 - Business & Economics - 243 pages
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Presented here for the first time in English, this richly detailed study—based on British, French, Greek, and Russian archival sources—tells the story of the powerful Greek trading houses that competed successfully with North America to feed the industrializing population of Western Europe. Vassilis Kardasis presents this commercial history by charting the rise of Greek merchant houses to a position of dominance over the export of trade in Russian grain. Though the Greeks would eventually cede their dominance to the competition of cheaper American grain in the second half of the nineteenth century, their influence was felt in the transformation of Southern Russia to productive agricultural land and the formation of large Black Sea port cities which would eventually encourage massive immigration. Diaspora Merchants in the Black Sea fills an important gap in our understanding of the role of the diasporic Greek community in southern Russian history, the history of Greek maritime activity, and ultimately the history of economic relations between Eastern and Western Europe.
  

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Identify the House Captain in the grey waistcoat, and you have the perpetuator, Sir.
Now the boy in question couldn't have been that stupid. So either discipline at Eton College has crashed, or it
was a last ditch attempt for him to grease his way into the 'Popular Society.'
No charge, Mr Headmaster, (Unless you were in on it too, of course.)
As if!
A riddle or possibly a parody, but good effort by Mr Kardases. Calvocoressi was a brain box
by the way. No idea what he did in the war. Duck watching, rumour has it. Or Touring the
world......rather less likely.
Dispersion. An interesting subject. I touched on it, at LSE, doing Human Geography with
Darendorf and HUNT in the 70's. I believe he knew my father, Lucas. A major, I believe.
Good effort, for what my critique is worth.
John Ralli TSBC '74. Family motto....'Keep to the straight path.'
 

Contents

The Place
1
The Settlement of New Russia
11
Odessa
45
Agricultural ProductionTransportation
63
The Formation of Greek Commercial Networks
79
The Growth of the Grain Trade
109
Greek Merchant Houses and Enterprises
147
Tables of Greek Enterprises 18331860
183
Greeks in the Azov Region and the Crimea
205
Nezin Merchants in the Eighteenth Century
209
Greek Owners of Real Estate in Odessa
213
Bibliography
217
Index
225
About the Author
243
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\Vassilis Kardasis is Associate Professor in Economic History at the University of Crete.

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