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Luxury and Public Happiness: Political Economy in the Italian Enlightenment

Till Wahnbaeck


This book charts the development of political economy in eighteenth-century Italy, and it argues that the focus on economic thought is characteristic of the Italian enlightenment at large. Through an analysis of the debate about luxury, it traces the shaping of a new language of political economy which was inspired by, and contributed to, European debate, but which offered solutions that were as much shaped by intellectual traditions and socio-economic circumstances as by French or Scottish precedent. Ultimately, those traditions were responsible for the development of very distinct ‘cultures ... More

Keywords: eighteenth-century Italy, economic thought, luxury, intellectual traditions, socio-economic circumstances, cultures of enlightenment, enlightened Catholicism, physiocracy, Milanese enlightenment, Habsburg rule

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199269839
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Till Wahnbaeck, author