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Mercantilism Reimagined: Political Economy in Early Modern Britain and Its Empire

Philip J. Stern and Carl Wennerlind

Abstract

From schoolbooks to scholarly monographs, mercantilism has come to be synonymous with early modern political economy, though it is just as often criticized as inadequate, incomplete, or incoherent as both a theory and a set of policies. This book takes a new approach to this problematic subject by rethinking its broad foundations. From a variety of perspectives, its authors situate mercantilism against the backdrop of wider transformations in seventeenth-century Britain, Europe, and the Atlantic, from the scientific revolution to the expansion of empire. Not seeking to offer yet another defini ... More

Keywords: mercantilism, political economy, scientific revolution, state formation, Britain, Atlantic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199988532
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199988532.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip J. Stern, editor
Duke University

Carl Wennerlind, editor
Barnard College

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Introduction

Philip J. Stern and Carl Wennerlind

Part One Circulation

1 Population

Ted McCormick

2 Labor

Abigail Swingen

3 Money

Carl Wennerlind

Part Two Knowledge

4 Epistemology

Thomas Leng

5 Natural History and Improvement

Fredrik Albritton Jonsson

6 Cameralism

Andre Wakefield

Part Three Institutions

7 Corporations

Henry S. Turner

8 Companies

Philip J. Stern

9 The Church

Brent S. Sirota

10 Pirates and Smugglers

Niklas Frykman

Part Four Regulation

11 Polycentric States

Regina Grafe

12 Financial Markets

Anne L. Murphy

13 Consumption

Martyn J. Powell

Part Five Conflict

14 War and Peace

John Shovlin

15 Neutrality

Victor Enthoven

16 Rivalry

Sophus A. Reinert

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