Redefining the National Interest

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Friday, March 11, 2005 to Saturday, March 12, 2005

Conference on Political Economy and State Formation in Early Modern Europe, 1600-1750

Sponsored by the University of Aberdeen, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, through Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium funding, and the Research Institute for Irish & Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen.

Friday, March 11

Introductory Remarks
Allan MacInnes, University of Aberdeen

Session 1: Comparative State Formation
Chair: Julius Kirshner, University of Chicago, now emeritus

Hegemony and Patriarchy in Early Modern Europe
Julia Adams, Yale University

Empire-Building: The English Republic, Scotland and Ireland
Jim Smyth, University of Notre Dame

The Abandoned or Forgotten Principles of Florentine Constitutional Theory and Practice
John McCormick, University of Chicago

Session 2: Emergence of Political Economy
Chair: Emmanuel Saadia, University of Chicago

Expert Knowledge and Natural Advantage: The Case of Scottish Natural History, c.1700-1776
Fredrik Jonsson, University of Chicago

The Social Life of Money and the Economic Self in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century England
Deborah Valenze, Barnard College and Columbia University

France's Atlantic Chambers of Commerce: Center, Periphery, and Commerce National
Paul Cheney, University of Chicago

Session 3: Comparative Political Economy
Chair: Esther Mijers, University of Aberdeen

Going Dutch? Political Economy and Political Adversity for the Defeated, 1680-1745
Jim Livesey, University of Sussex

The National Interest beyond Warfare and Mercantilism: The Political Organization of Self-Interest
Hans Blom, Erasmus University

The “Middle Sort’' and the “Middle Way”: Virtuous Mediocrity and Political Economy in Seventeenth-Century England
Ethan Shagan, Northwestern University

Saturday, March 12

Session 4: Imperial Political Economy
Chair: Robert Travers, Harvard University

Political Slavery, Racial Slavery, and Rights in the Age of the American Revolution
Eric Slauter, University of Chicago

“Tis That Must Make Us a Nation in India”: The Political Economy of a Seventeenth-Century Company-State
Phil Stern, American University (now at Duke University)

Population Politics: Benjamin Franklin and the Peopling of North America
Alan Houston, University of California, San Diego

Concluding Remarks and Discussion
Allan MacInnes, University of Aberdeen, and Steve Pincus, University of Chicago

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