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The contexts and contours of British economic literature, 1660-1760

Hoppit, J; (2006) The contexts and contours of British economic literature, 1660-1760. HIST J , 49 (1) 79 - 110. 10.1017/S0018246X05005066. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores some of the main bibliographical dimensions of economic literature at a time when there was much interest in economic matters but no discipline of economics. By looking at what was published in the round much economic literature is shown to be short, ephemeral, unacknowledged, polemical, and legistlatively orientated. This fluidity is underscored by the uncertainties about what constituted key works of economic literature and by the failure of attempts to make sense of that literature through dictionaries and histories. Economic literature in the period was, consequently, more unstable and uncertain than has often been acknowledged. It cannot, therefore, be simply characterized as either 'mercantilist' or nascent 'political economy'.

Type: Article
Title: The contexts and contours of British economic literature, 1660-1760
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0018246X05005066
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X05005066
Language: English
Additional information: © 2006 Cambridge University Press
Keywords: 18TH-CENTURY ENGLAND
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/12395
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