AUTHOR: Olena FEDENKO
Danubius, XXXIV-Supliment, Galaţi, 2016, pp. 31-42.
This article is dedicated to the analysis of the activity of Italian merchants in Odessa in the ХІХ century. More specifically, the prerequisites, general principles, directions of development and results of this activity in connection with the trade policy of the Russian Empire are explained. Factors that influenced the choice of Odessa by Italian merchants as the place for carrying out their business are determined. Specific characteristics of activity of Italian commercial firms and their contribution to the development of foreign trade in the region is revealed. It is proven that Italians have exercised substantial influence on the development of commercial shipping in the Black Sea. It is established that Italian merchants actively participated in public and cultural life of the city and elaborated projects for the improvement of business conditions in Odessa.