Pandemics and global entrepreneurship: a case from the Hispanic-Anglosphere

oil painting of yellow fever epidemic

Wednesday 17 November 2021, 4.30-6pm
SAB004, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR

This event will also be available to attend online, using this link to MS Teams.

As we grapple with the implications of the Covid-19 crisis on the global economy, it seems natural to turn to the past in search of clues and answers. In this talk, Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers will explore the role played by pandemics in shaping the destiny of a man once described as ‘the richest commoner in England’ and the company that he directed: William ‘Guillermo’ Gibbs (1790–1875). Particular attention will be paid to his formative years in Spain and the measures he undertook hand-in-hand with his brother George Henry Gibbs to transform the family company Antony Gibbs & Sons into a global commercial powerhouse with permanent agents in Europe and the Americas – all before acquiring a spectacular country house near Bristol, Tyntesfield, now under the care of the National Trust. The discussion will be a follow up to one of the chapters in the recently published book Graciela Iglesias-Rogers, ed. The Hispanic-Anglosphere from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century - An Introduction (New York and London: Routledge, 2021) that emanated from the work of the international research network ‘The Hispanic-Anglosphere: transnational networks, global communities (late 18th-20th centuries)’ funded by the AHRC and the University of Winchester in partnership with the National Trust Tyntesfield.

Speaker: Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (University of Winchester)
Chair and Discussant: Professor Chris Aldous (University of Winchester)

This talk is hosted by the University's Modern History Research Centre.

No booking required. For further information, please contact the MHRC leading convenor, Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers

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