grad29 Posted July 9, 2015 Share Posted July 9, 2015 (edited) In a recent book, Laurence Fontaine examines two central questions concerning the rise of booksellers in the eighteenth century: was the book market controlled by a single cartel, and if so, how was this group established? Using lists of customer accounts at bookshops, Fontaine identifies the Briançonnais family as the strongest of any group of booksellers. Fontaine concedes the Briançonnais didn't have a monopoly on the book trade, as there were others in Mediterranean Europe, most notably a network of Protestant merchant-bankers, who were active in lending money and distributing books to bookshop owners. However, Fontaine builds a powerful case that the Briançonnais network was the strongest of them all. The family traded only with kin, so to increase the network, the Briançonnais merchants negotiated strategic marriages for sons and daughters, thereby building an expanding client base throughout Europe. Within the passage, select the sentence in which the author qualifies a previously made claim. Edited July 9, 2015 by westy3789 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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