Wim Wennekes

Wim Wennekes is a journalist (for Vrij Nederland, NRC Handelsblad, Intermediair and others) and the author of countless books about business history. For many years his writing has concentrated on the pillars of the Dutch economy. 1993 saw the publication of De Aartsvaders (The Patriarchs), a much-praised and often reprinted (14,000 copies sold) standard work about the founders of the biggest Dutch companies: Philips, Unilever, Fokker, Akzo, Shell and others.

Gouden handel

Gouden handel

De eerste Nederlanders overzee, en wat zij daar haalden

(Atlas, 1996, 472 pagina's)

The Dutchmen who sailed the seas in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were exotic pioneers. They weren’t interested in conquest or establishing Dutch communities abroad: as far as they were concerned, colonisation was a waste of money. They were after trade and the wealth of other continents: ‘golden trade’. Drawing on travel journals and account books and using catchy seventeenth-century quotes, Wim Wennekes sketches the backgrounds and motives of these enterprising mariners. It is the story of a nation scouring the world, using violence when necessary, in search of anything that would turn a profit.

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