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Political Economy Reading Group

General Reading:


1st meeting: The early debate on East Indian trade

  • Background Reading: Josiah Child, Pieter de la Court, and Dudley North from the Anthology above
  • Focus: Henry Martin, Considerations upon the East Indian Trade
  • Secondary Reading: Maneschi article on Martin


2nd meeting: The Luxury Debates

  • Background Reading: Mandeville, Hume, and Voltaire in the Antology. Rousseau, Fenelon, and Adam Smith from the course lecture list.
  • Focus: "De Pinto", On Luxury (NB: this is a translation of Saint-Lambert's Essay and Encyclopedia article 'Luxe'. De Pinto's real article is, as far as I can see, only available in French.
  • Secondary Reading: Cardoso article on de Pinto


3rd meeting: Political Economy, Mercantilism, and Natural Science