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Commerce and Its Discontents in Eighteenth-Century French Political Thought

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  • Date Published: October 2012
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107005648

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  • Histories of economics tend to portray attitudes towards commerce in the era of Adam Smith as celebrating what is termed "doux commerce", that is, sweet or gentle commerce. Commerce and Its Discontents in Eighteenth-Century French Political Thought proposes that reliance on this doux commerce thesis has obscured our comprehension of the theory and experience of commerce in Enlightenment Europe. Instead, it uncovers ambivalence towards commerce in eighteenth-century France, distinguished by an awareness of its limits – slavery, piracy, and monopoly. Through a careful analysis of the Histoire des deux Indes (1780), the Enlightenment’s bestselling history of comparative empires, Anoush Fraser Terjanian offers a new perspective on the connections between political economy, imperialism, and the Enlightenment. In discussing how a “politics of definition” governed the early debates about global commerce and its impact, this book enriches our understanding of the prehistory of globalisation.

    • Brings into focus the central role of the Histoire des deux Indes in the history of political and economic thought
    • Displays how a 'politics of definition' operated in the discourse of commerce, with quarrels over definitions governing debates
    • Highlights how concepts that have been examined independently such as slavery and the slave trade, piracy, luxury, and monopoly are necessarily interconnected and essential to the discourse of commerce
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    “A major contribution to the history of Enlightenment economic and political thought, Commerce and Its Discontents in Eighteenth-Century French Political Thought enhances our understanding of late eighteenth-century debates over the place of commerce in state and society. In an erudite and theoretically sophisticated account, Anoush Terjanian breaks with a long historiographic tradition that has emphasized the Enlightenment’s favorable attitude to ‘sweet commerce’. Focusing on Abbé Raynal’s best-selling, multivolume History of the Two Indies – a work that is shown to have been every bit as important as The Wealth of Nations – Terjanian uncovers the deep ambivalence attached to practices such as monopoly, slavery and piracy, as well to the consumption of luxury goods. Thoughtful and elegantly written, this book will be a major reference for scholars of Enlightenment, empire and political economy.” – Madeleine Dobie, Columbia University

    “Terjanian’s argument proceeds from a brilliant insight – namely, that ambivalence actually defined the eighteenth century’s attitude toward commerce and all that it brought in its wake.... Commerce and Its Discontents in Eighteenth-Century French Political Thought is a smart, engagingly written and indisputably important book.” – Jay M. Smith, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107005648
    • length: 237 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: commerce and its discontents
    1. Bon luxe, mauvais luxe: a language of commerce
    2. Doux commerce, commerce odieux: the commerce in humans
    3. Cette odieuse piraterie: defining piracy
    4. Indigne ateliers: monopoly and monopolists
    Conclusion: commerce and its discontents.

  • Author

    Anoush Fraser Terjanian, East Carolina University
    Anoush Fraser Terjanian is Assistant Professor of History at East Carolina University.

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