Monday, January 30, 2012

“Political Arithmetick” Program Now Available

“The 'Political Arithmetick' of Empires in the Early Modern Atlantic World, 1500–1807” will take place at the University of Maryland, College Park, on March 16-18, 2012. The program has now been posted and is available from the conference website. Several papers will be of interest to economic historians of the early modern period. As the organizers explain:
This conference focuses on the new concept of “political economy” and the debates surrounding imperial construction in the Americas during the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Its title, taken from the pamphlet by Sir William Petty published in 1690, indexes western European engagement with formulating the ideological and practical components of empires at the end of the seventeenth century. Petty and his cohort interrogated the means, sometimes by comparative analysis, to make trade, peoples, and nations flourish; they probed schemes and intentions for their effects on commercial development and populations.
   Information about lodging, registration, and other details can be found on the conference website. The conference is co-sponsored by the Department of History, University of Maryland, College Park,
and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.