Cameralism and the Enlightenment: Happiness, Governance, and Reform in Transnational Perspective, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Cameralism and the Enlightenment

Happiness, Governance, and Reform in Transnational Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Ere Nokkala, Nicholas B. Miller


368 pages

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Cameralism and the Enlightenment reassesses the relationship between two key phenomena of European history often disconnected from each other. It builds on recent insights from global history, transnational history and Enlightenment studies to reflect on the dynamic interactions of cameralism, an early modern set of practices and discourses of statecraft prominent in central Europe, with the broader political, intellectual and cultural developments of the Enlightenment world. Through contributions from prominent scholars across the field of Enlightenment studies, the volume analyzes eighteenth-century cameralist authors’ engagements with commerce, colonialism and natural law. Challenging the caricature of cameralism as a German, land-locked version of mercantilism, the volume reframes its importance for scholars of the Enlightenment broadly conceived.

This volume goes beyond the typical focus on Britain and France in studies of political economy, widening perspectives about the dissemination of ideas of governance, happiness and reform to focus on multidirectional exchanges across continental Europe and beyond during the eighteenth century. Emphasizing the practice of theory, it proposes the study of the porosity of ideas in their exchange, transmission and mediation between spaces and discourses as a key dimension of cultural and intellectual history.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Ere Nokkala and Nicholas B. Miller

Part I: Interactions

2. On Happiness: Welfare in Cameralist Discourse in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Lars Magnusson

3. Reconciling Private Interests and the Common Good: An Essay on Cameralist Discourse

Hans-Erich Bödeker

4. A Transnational German: JHG von Justi on International Trade

Ere Nokkala

5. The International Politics of Cameralism: The Balance of Power and Dutch Translations of Justi

Koen Stapelbroek

Part II: Widening Perspectives

6. Cameralism and the Politics of Populationism: Comparative Perspectives

Nicholas B. Miller

7. Towards Ecological Statehood?: Cameralism and the Human-Nature Interface in the Eighteenth Century

Richard Hölzl

Part III: Dissemination and Local Mediation

8. Cesare Beccaria as Functionary, Lecturer, Cameralist?: Interpreting Cameralism in Habsburg Lombardy

Alexandra Ortolja-Baird

9. Cameralist Ideas in Portuguese Enlightened Reformism: The Diplomat Rodrigo de Souza Coutinho and His Circuits of Intellectual Exchange

Alexandre Mendes Cunha

10. Immanuel Kant and the Enlightenment of the Cameral Sciences

Jonas Gerlings

11. Cameralism in Spain: Polizeywissenschaft and the Bourbon Reforms

Adriana Luna-Fabritius

12. What is Cameralism?

Keith Tribe

13. Cameralism in Eighteenth-Century Russia: Reform, Translations and Academic Mobility

Danila E. Raskov

14. Epilogue

Anthony J. La Vopa

About the Editors

Ere Nokkala is University Researcher at the University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies.

Nicholas B. Miller is Research Fellow at the University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences.

About the Series

The Enlightenment World

Political and Intellectual History of the Long Eighteenth Century
[Current P&C blurb]: This series features monographs that take an innovative and challenging look at the political and intellectual history of the Enlightenment period. The richness of the Enlightenment experience makes it a significant topic for study. It had a profound impact on nearly every aspect of life during the long eighteenth century and many of its values are familiar to modern society. Some of the key themes that this series embraces include the scientific revolution; philosophical origins and progress of the Enlightenment; high and popular culture; the political impact of the Enlightenment; and its comparative impact in a broad European context.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
HISTORY / General