The Social Life of Money in the English Past

The Social Life of Money in the English Past

by Deborah Valenze
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521852420

ISBN-13: 9780521852425

Pub. Date: 06/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In an age when authoritative definitions of currency were in flux and small change was scarce, money enjoyed a rich and complex social life. Deborah Valenze shows how money became involved in relations between people in ways that moved beyond what we understand as its purely economic functions. This highly original investigation covers the formative period of

Overview

In an age when authoritative definitions of currency were in flux and small change was scarce, money enjoyed a rich and complex social life. Deborah Valenze shows how money became involved in relations between people in ways that moved beyond what we understand as its purely economic functions. This highly original investigation covers the formative period of commercial and financial development in England between 1630 and 1800. In a series of interwoven essays, Valenze examines religious prohibitions related to avarice, early theories of political economy and exchange practices of the Atlantic economy. In applying monetary measurements to women, servants, colonial migrants, and local vagrants, this era was distinctive in its willingness to blur boundaries between people and things. Lucid and highly readable, the book revises the way we see the advance of commercial society at the threshold of modern capitalism.
Deborah Valenze is Professor of History at Barnard College, Columbia University, in New York City. She is the author of The First Industrial Woman, Prophetic Sons and Daughters: Female Preaching and Popular Religion in Industrial England, and numerous scholarly articles.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521852425
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction: the social life of money, c.1640–1770; Part I. The Relationship Between Money and Persons: 1. Coins of the realm: the development of a demotic sense of money; 2. The phantasm of money: the animation of exchange media in England, c.1600–1770; Part II. Mutable Meanings of Money, ca.1640–1730: 3. Circulating mammon: attributes of money in early modern English culture; 4. Refuge from money's mischief: John Bellers and the Clerkenwell Workhouse; 5. Quarrels over money: The determination of an acquisitive self in the early eighteenth century; Part III. Regulating People Through Money: 6. The measure of money: equivalents of personal value in English law; 7. The price of people: rethinking money and power in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; 8. Money makes masteries: the triumph of the monetary self in the long eighteenth century.

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