This collection of essays draws on fresh readings of classic texts as well as rigorous research in the archives of Europe's greatest imperial power. Its contributors paint a powerful picture of the nature and implementation of political economy in the long eighteenth century, from the East to the West Indies.
Sophus A. Reinert is Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Business, Government, and the International Economy unit at Harvard Business School, USA. He has published widely on the history of political economy and is the author of Translating Empire: Emulation and the Origins of Political Economy (2011).
Pernille Røge is Assistant Professor in French and French Imperial History at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. She was a Research Fellow and College Lecturer in History at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge from 2009 to 2012. She has published widely on eighteenth-century French political economy and empire.
Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Foreword: Of Empire and Political Economy; Richard Drayton Introduction: The Political Economy of Empire; Sophus Reinert and Pernille Røge PART I: THEORISING THE EARLY MODERN EMPIRE 1. An Empire of Trade Commercial Reason of State in Seventeenth-Century Holland; Jan Hartman and Arthur Weststeijn 2. A Natural Order of Empire: The Physiocratic Vision of Colonial France after the Seven Years War; Pernille Røge 3. Adam Smith on American Economic Development and the Future of the European Atlantic Empires; Thomas Hopkins 4. Views from the South: Images of Britain and its Empire in Portuguese and Spanish Political Economic Discourse, c. 1740-1810; Gabriel Paquette 5. The Empire of Emulation: A Quantitative Analysis of Economic Translations in the European World, 1500-1849; Sophus Reinert PART II: IMPERIAL EXPERIENCES 6. War, Peace, and the Rise of the London Stock Market; Giles Parkinson 7. The Impact of Gifts and Trade: Georgia Colonists and Yamacraw Indians in the Colonial American Southeast; Claire Levenson 8. Retrenchment, Reform and the Practice of Military-Fiscalism in the Early East India Company State; James Lees 9. How Feeding Slaves Shaped the French Atlantic: Mercantilism and the Crisis of Food Provisioning in the Franco-Caribbean during the 17th and 18th Centuries; Bertie Mandelblatt Bibliography Index ?