1st Edition

Economic Growth and the Origins of Modern Political Economy Economic reasons of state, 1500–2000

Edited By Philipp R. Rössner Copyright 2016
    330 Pages
    by Routledge

    330 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Economic Growth and the Origins of Modern Political Economy addresses the intellectual foundations of modern economic growth and European industrialization. Through an examination both of the roots of European industrialization and of the history of economic ideas, this book presents a uniquely broad examination of the origins of modern political economy.

    This volume asks what can we learn from ‘old’ theories in terms of our understanding of history, our economic fate today, and the prospects for the modern world’s poorest countries. Spanning across the past five hundred years, this book brings together leading international contributors offering comparative perspectives with countries outside of Europe in order to place the evolution of modern economic knowledge into a broader reference framework. It integrates economic discourse and the intellectual history of political economy with more empirical studies in economic history and the history of science. In doing so, this innovative volume presents a coherent and innovative new strategy towards a reconfiguration of the history of modern political economy.

    This book is suitable for those who study history of economic thought, economic history or European history.

    Part I. Manufacturing Matters – The History of an Old Idea

    1. Philipp Robinson Rössner, New Inroads into Well-Known Territory? On the Virtues of re-discovering Pre-Classical Political Economy

    1. Erik S. Reinert (with Ken Carpenter), German Language Economic Bestsellers before 1850. Also Introducing Giovanni Botero as a Common Reference Point of Cameralism and Mercantilism

    2. Part II. Economic Ideas and Idiosyncrasy – The Example of Cameralism

    3. Lars Magnusson, Was Cameralism really the German Version of Mercantilism?

    4. Jürgen Backhaus, Mercantilism and Cameralism. Two Very Different Variations on the Same Theme

    5. Bertram Schefold, Goethe’s Economics – Between Cameralism and Liberalism

    6. Part III. Vested Interests, Contingency and The Shaping of the Free Trade Doctrine

    7. Moritz Isenmann, From Privilege to Economic Law. Vested Interests and the Origins of Free Trade Theory in France (1687–1701)

    8. William J. Ashworth – The Demise of Regulation and Rise of Political Economy: Taxation, Industry and Fiscal Pressure in Britain 1763-1815

    9. Part IV. Knowledge, Risk and the Idea of Infinite Growth

    10. Marcus Sandl, Development as Possibility. Risk and Chance in the Cameralist Discourse

    11. Carl Wennerlind, The Political Economy of Sweden’s Age of Greatness: Johan Risingh and the Hartlib Circle

    12. Part V. Economic Growth and the State – From India to Italy

    13. Prasannan Parthasarathi – State Formation and Economic Growth in South Asia, 1600-1800

    14. Peer Vries, Economic Reasons of State in Qing China: A Brief Comparative Overview

    15. Ann Coenen, Infant Industry Protectionism and Early Modern Growth? Evidence from Eighteenth-Century Entrepreneurial Petitions in the Austrian Netherlands

    16. Sophus Reinert, Achtung! Banditi! An Alternative Genealogy of the Market

    17. Part VI. Economic Reason of State and its Survival in Modern Economic Discourse

    18. Francesco Boldizzoni, The Long Shadow of Cameralism: The Atlantic Order and its Discontents


    Philipp Robinson Rössner is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Manchester, UK