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|Merchants, Mennonites & Marriage. Commercial, social and family networks in the Dutch port town of Harlingen in the 17th and 18th century.|
|The Frisian port town of Harlingen experienced a period of economic prosperity in the 17th century. Population rose from approximately 2,000 inhabitants in 1550 to about 9,000 in 1650. From the point of view of spatial economics this development took place in the slipstream of Amsterdam's rise as the capital of world trade. Internally, however, the economic and social structure of Harlingen was characterized by the prominence of an endogamous, predominantly Mennonite, business elite. The members of this Mennonite 'family' dominated the Harlingen economy until the middle of the 19th century. Being excluded from political functions because of their religious affiliation, a growing number of them became active in the fields of medicine, law and theology. During the 18th century an enlightened intellectualism became a typical (and perhaps also conspicuous) characteristic of this elite.
In our paper we want to focus on the different networks – especially the family network - that tied the Mennonite business elite of Harlingen together. Thereby we will address two key issues:
Methodological: how can we represent networks without depending on vague notions? Are recent contributions to the graph theoretical analysis of kinship networks of any use?
Historical-anthropological: how did the factor of belonging to specific networks effect individual behavior? How do family networks and other social networks match?