Credit, Confidence and Social Relations in Antwerp in the Eighteenth Century

  • Soly, Hugo (Administrative Promotor)
  • Willems, Bart, (Collaborator)

Project Details


This research intents to investigate credit in 18th century Antwerp in an quantitative and qualitative manner. First of all we need to know how great the amount was of all the credittransactions during the 18th century in Antwerp. In order to do so we shall investigate the probate inventories and the notary acts. Further, the different types of credit and the economic consequences on the conduct of business in serveral economic sectors will be investigated. This research wants to obtain more information on the social aspects of credit. That is why a social analye will be made of, on the one hand the creditors and on the other the debtors. The concepts trust, hounour, reputation and interdependency are crucial in our social investigaton of credit. The problematic character of credit is demonstrated by the huge amount of suits left in the courts. An analyse of these processes can give us indeed a deeper understanding of the 'daily practice' of credit, the economy and social relations in early modern Antwerp.
Effective start/end date1/01/0231/12/05

Flemish discipline codes

  • History and archaeology
  • Arts
  • Economics and business


  • Social and Economic History
  • social relations
  • Modern History