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Global Economies, Cultural Currencies of the Eighteenth Century

Edited by Michael Rotenberg-Schwartz

with Tara Czechowski

LC 2012000570
ISBN-10: 0-404-64864-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-404-64864-0

AMS Studies in the Eighteenth Century, No. 64

This collection of essays brings together international scholars examining eighteenth-century economies and cultural responses to and representations of them. Like other similar collections, it attends to the influence of finance and commerce on literary representations of the personal (subjectivity) and political (nationalism) especially in Britain.

But this collection broadens the topical and geographical perspective by including studies on such topics as fashion, advertising, cartography, and the trade in currency, tobacco, grain, quina, and fur in France, Germany, Spain, the American colonies, Mexico, the Levant, and China.

Where writers of the time conceived trade uniting all in one global economy, the interdisciplinary essays in Global Economies, Cultural Currencies of the Eighteenth Century collectively describe continuities and discontinuities among economic cultures then and now.

Michael Rotenberg-Schwartz, Introduction
Alex Zukas, “Commodities, Commerce, and Cartography in the Early Modern Era: Herman Moll’s World Maps, 1700–1730”
Mathieu Grenet, “A Business alla Turca? Levant Trade and the Representation of Ottoman Merchants in Eighteenth-Century European Commercial Literature”
Tyler Boulware, “‘Traders, Pedlars, and idle Fellows’: Community Boundaries and Collective Identity in the Anglo–Cherokee Trade”
Steven W. Thomas, “Taxing Tobacco and the Metonymies of Virtue: The Poetics of Thomson, Browne, Byrd, and Cooke”
Amílcar E. Challú, “‘Their Bellies Must Be So Big’: Grain Hoarders and the Emergence of the Political Economy in Late Colonial Mexico”
Matthew James Crawford, “Science as Statecraft: Imperial Ideology, Botany, and Monopoly in the Spanish Atlantic World (c. 1742–1790)”
Niv Horesh, “Bullion and Galleons: Trade and Currency in Eighteenth-Century Chinese and British Literature”
Melinda Rice, “‘The Devil of Money’: Theater and Economic Policy in Early Eighteenth-Century France”
Dwight Codr, “‘Various Adventures, and Strange Turns of Fortune’: John Law and Finance in Popular Culture”
Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins, “Defoe’s Trinkets: Figuring Global Commerce in the Early Eighteenth Century”
Rima Abunasser, “The Commerce of Knowledge in Samuel Johnson’s Rasselas
Kathryn Strong Hansen, “Pamela’s Investment in Virtue”
Sheila Minn Hwang, “Praising and Puffing: Advertising, Identity and Illusions of Illness in Sanditon
Elizabeth Neiman, “The Female Authors of the Minerva Press and ‘Copper Currency’: Revaluing the Reproduction of ‘Immaculate-Born Minervas’”
Tara Czechowski, “‘Women know best’: Gender and Commerce in Colman’s Inkle and Yarico: An Opera
Michael Rotenberg-Schwartz, “Prospects of Commercial Peace in Eighteenth-Century English Poetry”


Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Global economies, cultural currencies of the eighteenth century / edited by Michael Rotenberg-Schwartz, with Tara Czechowski.
     p. cm. — (AMS studies in the eighteenth century, ISSN 0196-6561 ; no. 64)
     Includes bibliographical references and index.
     ISBN 978-0-404-64864-0 (cloth : alk. paper)
     1. Economic history—1750-1918.
     2. Commerce—Social aspects—History—18th century.
     3. International trade—Social aspects—History—18th century.
     4. Civilization, Modern—18th century.
     I. Rotenberg-Schwartz, Michael.
     II. Czechowski, Tara.
HC52.5.G56 2012
337.09'033—dc23                                                       2012000570