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Yda Schreuder

Professor Emerita

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Professor Schreuder's specialty is Historical Geography (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1982).  Her dissertation was on Dutch Catholic immigration to the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.  At the University of Delaware she shifted attention to the East Coast of the United States and focused her research on Polish immigrants in the leather tanning industry in Wilmington, Delaware, and German immigrants and the development of the pharmaceutical industry in the Mid-Atlantic region in the late nineteenth century.  Her current research concerns Sephardic Jewish trade and migration in the Caribbean and Atlantic region in the seventeenth.  For a period of time from the mid-1990s until her retirement in 2014 she collaborated with colleagues in an interdisciplinary graduate program in Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Delaware in which she taught and published on climate change policy.  Her published work includes The Corporate Greenhouse: Climate Change Policy in a Globalizing World (Zed Books, 2009), and Amsterdam's Sephardic Merchants and the Atlantic Sugar Trade in the Seventeenth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). 


Department of Geography
Center for the History of Business, Technology and Society at Hagley Museum and Library


Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1982;
M.A., Anthropology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1975;
B.A., Geography, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, 1971


About Amsterdam's Sephardic Merchants and the Atlantic Sugar Trade in the Seventeenth Century

Sephardic book cover
This book surveys the role of Amsterdam’s Sephardic merchants in the westward expansion of sugar production and trade in the seventeenth-century Atlantic. It offers an historical-geographic perspective, linking Amsterdam as an emerging staple market to a network of merchants of the “Portuguese Nation,” conducting trade from the Iberian Peninsula and Brazil. Examining the “Myth of the Dutch,” the “Sephardic Moment,” and the impact of the British Navigation Acts, Yda Schreuder focuses attention on Barbados and Jamaica and demonstrates how Amsterdam remained Europe’s primary sugar refining center through most of the seventeenth century and how Sephardic merchants played a significant role in sustaining the sugar trade.

The Corporate Greenhouse book coverLearn more and order the book at the Palgrave Macmillan website.


About The Corporate Greenhouse

The Corporate Greenhouse addresses the political economy of the climate change debate, questioning the disconnect between the post-Kyoto negotiation framework, based around the nation-state, and the neoliberal policies driving the world economy, organized around transnational corporations. Given the rapidly growing economic power and expanding carbon footprint of China, India and other developing economies, the debate on 'who is to blame, and who is to pay' can no longer be ignored.

Carefully researched and sourced from original work and case studies, The Corporate Greenhouse explores the geopolitical division between North and South; questions the sustainability of capitalism in the current global economic environment; examines the impact of TNCs on worldwide CO2 emissions; and discusses the expected outcome of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on corporate investment strategies.

This timely book argues that treaties that fail to account properly for the activities of TNCs will preclude effective, equitable solutions to the urgent issue of global climate change.

For more information, visit the Zed Books website.


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