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Political Economies of Capitalism, 1600-1850

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Series Editors: John Shovlin, Philip Stern (Duke University) and Carl Wennerlind (Barnard College, Columbia University)

This series seeks manuscripts exploring the many dimensions of early modern political economy, and especially the ways in which this period established both foundations for and alternatives to modern capitalist thought and practice. We welcome submissions that examine this history from a variety of perspectives—political, intellectual, cultural, economic, scientific, social, spatial, or others—and in contexts ranging from the local to the global. Potential themes include efforts to understand how natural philosophy and political economy were intertwined and how they shaped prevailing worldviews of both individual actors and states; the uneasy coexistence of liberty and coercion in labor, commodity, and financial markets; the tension between commercial activities, social virtues, and political stability; the interplay between commercial, military, and political power at home and overseas; the incongruity between ideal categories, such as free trade, and real world practices. While we will consider traditional monographs, our primary focus is on the publication of shorter interpretive and conceptual books (50-70,000 words). We believe that this format is ideal for the development of broad arguments and perspectives, providing authors with the opportunity to develop their ideas in a flexible and accessible format. We are also open to proposals for other forms of scholarship, both innovative and traditional, such as collaborative works, edited collections, and critical textual editions.

Authors interested in submitting a proposal, please feel free to contact any of the series editors.

6 Series Titles

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Credit, Currency, and Capital The Scottish Financial Revolution, 1690-1727

Credit, Currency, and Capital: The Scottish Financial Revolution, 1690-1727

1st Edition

By Andrew McDiarmid
July 14, 2023

The years 1690–1727 represented a period of significant change for Scotland. It was a time of grand colonial endeavours and financial innovation, punctuated by bouts of economic turmoil and constitutional and political uncertainty. The infamous Darien Scheme, the establishment of the Bank of ...

Filippo Sassetti on Trade, Institutions and Empire

Filippo Sassetti on Trade, Institutions and Empire

1st Edition

By Corey Tazzara
June 23, 2023

The Florentine traveler, merchant, and academician Filippo Sassetti was one of the premier economic thinkers of the late Renaissance. Well known for his ethnographic observations, Sassetti was also a commercial writer of the highest caliber—at once an original thinker and a remarkable witness to ...

Commercial Cosmopolitanism? Cross-Cultural Objects, Spaces, and Institutions in the Early Modern World

Commercial Cosmopolitanism?: Cross-Cultural Objects, Spaces, and Institutions in the Early Modern World

1st Edition

Edited By Felicia Gottmann
September 26, 2022

This book showcases the wide variety of commercial cosmopolitan practices that arose from the global economic entanglements of the early modern period. Cosmopolitanism is not only a philosophical ideal: for many centuries it has also been an everyday practice across the globe. The early modern era ...

Historicizing Self-Interest in the Modern Atlantic World A Plea for Ego?

Historicizing Self-Interest in the Modern Atlantic World: A Plea for Ego?

1st Edition

Edited By Christine Zabel
September 26, 2022

This volume historicizes the use of the notion of self-interest that at least since Bernard de Mandeville and Adam Smith’s theories is considered a central component of economic theory. Having in the twentieth century become one of the key-features of rational choice models, and thus is seen as an ...

Political Reason and the Language of Change Reform and Improvement in Early Modern Europe

Political Reason and the Language of Change: Reform and Improvement in Early Modern Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Adriana Luna-Fabritius, Ere Nokkala, Marten Seppel, Keith Tribe
August 26, 2022

This collection of essays re-examines ideas of change and movements for change in early modern Europe without presuming that "progressive" change was the outcome of "reforms". "Reform" today implies rational, incremental change to public institutions and procedures. "Improvement" has a more ...

Misers British Responses to Extreme Saving, 1700–1860

Misers: British Responses to Extreme Saving, 1700–1860

1st Edition

By Timothy Alborn
May 06, 2022

This volume uses the extreme case of misers to examine interlocking categories that undergirded the emergence of modern British society, including new perspectives on charity, morality, and marriage; new representations of passion and sympathy; and new modes of saving, spending, and investment. ...

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