Commerce, finance and statecraft: Histories of England, 1600-1780

Commerce, finance and statecraft: Histories of England, 1600-1780

by Ben Dew


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Commerce, finance and statecraft charts the emergence of new approaches to England's economic history in the historical writing of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The book explores the work of the period's most influential historians ­– among them Francis Bacon, William Camden, Paul de Rapin-Thoyras and David Hume – and shows how these writers, and their contemporaries, were engaged in a series of hotly contested, politically–charged debates concerning the management of England's commercial and financial interests.

This book will be essential reading for historians and literary critics working on Restoration and eighteenth-century historical writing, and historians, economists, political scientists, and philosophers interested in historiographical theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784992965
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ben Dew is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies at the University of Portsmouth

Table of Contents

Part I
1 Tacitean history: Francis Bacon's History of the Reign of King Henry VII
2 Exemplary history: William Camden's Annales
3 Chronology and commerce: Edmund Howes' Annales
Part II
4 The English Civil War and the politics of economic statecraft
5 Whig history: Paul de Thoyras de Rapin's Histoire
6 Tory history: Thomas Salmon's Modern History
7 Jacobite history: Thomas Carte's General History
Part III
8 Economic statecraft and economic progress: William Guthrie's General History
9 The end of economic statecraft: David Hume's History of England

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