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The Academy of Fisticuffs : political economy and commercial society in Enlightenment Italy

Author: Sophus A Reinert
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The terms "capitalism" and "socialism" continue to haunt our political and economic imaginations, but we rarely consider their interconnected early history. Even the eighteenth century had its "socialists," but unlike those of the nineteenth, they paradoxically sought to make the world safe for "capitalists." The word "socialists" was first used in Northern Italy as a term of contempt for the political economists  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Pietro Verri; Cesare Beccaria, marchese di; Cesare Beccaria, marchese di; Pietro Verri; Cesare Beccaria; Pietro Verri
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sophus A Reinert
ISBN: 9780674976641 0674976649
OCLC Number: 1023105443
Description: xii, 668 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Lupi sacri --
Hard knocks cafe --
Capital (and) punishment --
Cycloid pudding --
Achtung! Banditi! --
Enlightenment socialisms --
The threshold of Utopia --
Arches and stones.
Responsibility: Sophus A. Reinert.

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The Italian Enlightenment, no less than the Scottish, was central to the emergence of political economy and creation of market societies. Sophus Reinert turns to Milan in the late 1700s to recover  Read more...

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