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¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 This bird’s eye view of business transactions unfortunately does not provide us with a detailed breakdown of the business mix of individual merchants. It is compatible with any degree of commercial specialization, or lack thereof. Of the 131 merchants, seventy-one contributed less than ten recorded transactions each, another twenty-six merchants between ten and nineteen transactions each. We selected the remaining thirty-four merchants with twenty or more transactions for detailed inspection. Merchants were sorted according to the number of total transactions and the data from the archival records presented as stacked column graphs, both as absolute values (fig. 8) and in percentages (fig. 9).
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Since we are primarily interested in patterns of economic activity rather than individual performance, only every second merchant is labelled by his identifier. From figure 8 it is quite evident, that one merchant Marum Gugenheimb (), Jekoff’s son, who was active from 1632 on and died in 1685/6, sticks out from the crowd. He must have had a special knack for business and appears quite prominently in Peter Stein’s attempt at reconstructing the Jewish community of Stühlingen.33 But because of Marum’s dominance, figure 8 is not suitable for comparing the business spectrum of individuals. Figure 9 shows the same data but in a relative representation. In this graph, we can now see that the merchants all employed practically similar patterns of business mix.
33 Stein, “Die Juden zu Stühlingen.”