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Nadia MATRINGE, La Banque en Renaissance. Les Salviati et la place de Lyon au milieu du XVIe siècle, Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2016, 416 p. ISBN 978-2-7535-4956-2.
The existence of a powerful Italian merchant community in 16th century Lyons raises, from an economic history perspective, questions related to the convergence of opportunities offered by the marketplace and the commercial projects of firms that decided to settle there. To what extent did the activity of Italian businessmen condition Lyons’ economic life and how did Italian businessmen adapt to pre-existing economic structures? What relations did Italian banks in Lyons maintain with their Italian parent companies and what role did Lyons play in the business strategies of Italian firms at a European scale? Can we talk of a Florentine, Lucquese or ” Tuscan ” identity of firms, and how should it be defined in relation to other existing models of enterprise in the rest of the Mediterranean and Northern Europe? How did these forms of organization serve business activity conducted in Lyons? Finally, how did the different Italian banks deal with each other, and with other economic operators on the marketplace and in the French Kingdom?