Institutional Culture in Early Modern Society

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The essays in this volume take a look at the history of institutions in the early modern world. Casting a broad look across a variety of institutions, from missionary societies to guilds, from lawcourts to academics, and exploring institutions across western Europe and Britain, the volume as a whole invites a newly comparative understanding of the nature of formal institutions in the period. By envisaging disparate institutions as having, to some degree, similar self-perceptions, strategies, and rituals, these essays begin to build up a picture of how early modern institutions functioned overall. The book will appeal to anyone interested in the social and cultural history of early modern communities, as well as offering insights into the relationship of institutions and the developing state.
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Anne Goldgar, Ph.D. (1990) Harvard, is Lecturer in Early Modern History at King's College London. She works on 17th- and 18th-century social and cultural history and is the author of Impolite Learning: Conduct and Community in the Republic of Letters 1680-1750 (1995) and Tulipmania (2004).
Robert Frost, Ph.D. (1990) University of London, is Reader in Early Modern History at King's College London. He publishes on Poland-Lithuania and the history of warfare in the early modern period, including The Northern Wars: War, State and Society in North-eastern Europe 1558-1721 (2000).
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

Introduction, Anne Goldgar & Robert I. Frost

Mathematical Martyrs, Mandarin Missionaries, and Apostolic Academicians: Telling Institutional Lives, Florence Hsia
Were Books Different? The Stationers’ Company in Civil War London, 1640–1645, Ian Anders Gadd

To Beggar thy Neighbour or Not? Mediation versus Vendetta in Commercial Disputes in Early Modern Rouen, Gayle K. Brunelle
Cooperation and Conflict in the Schools of Bergamo, 1550–1650, Christopher Carlsmith
Policing and Privilege: the Resistance to Penal Reform in Eighteenth-Century London, Susan E. Brown

A Ceremonious Society: an Aspect of Institutional Power in Early Modern Norwich, Victor Morgan
“Good, Godly and Charitable Uses”: Endowed Charity and the Relief of Poverty in Rural England, c. 1550–1750, Steve Hindle

Public Glory, Private Gilt: the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Spectacle of Punishment, Janelle Day Jenstad
Secrecy and Publicity in the Emergence of Modern Business Culture: Pension Funds in Hamburg 1760–1780, Eve Rosenhaft

Discipline and Punishment in the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Reed Benhamou

Justice in the Marketplace: Corruption at the Giustizia Vecchia in Early Modern Venice, James Shaw
Imagined Universities: Public Insult and the Terrae Filius in Early Modern Oxford, Kristine Haugen

Anthony Grafton
Joanna Innes
Keith Wrightson


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