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Luxury and Public HappinessPolitical Economy in the Italian Enlightenment$
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Till Wahnbaeck

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269839.001.0001

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Tuscany: The Politics of Reform in an Agricultural Land

Tuscany: The Politics of Reform in an Agricultural Land

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(p.73) 4 Tuscany: The Politics of Reform in an Agricultural Land
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Luxury and Public Happiness
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TILL WAHNBAECK

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269839.003.0005

This chapter investigates the received wisdom that Tuscan thought was eclectic and that the undoubted inclination of Tuscan political economists towards physiocracy was merely a somewhat opportunistic echo of Peter Leopold's own preferences. It traces Tuscan economic thought back to the beginning of the century and shows its close relation with French thought that was a source of later physiocratic thinking. It notes that by the time the ideas of the physiocrats reached the grand duchy, it will be argued, they must have been perceived as almost genuinely Tuscan; their teachings also seemed especially relevant to Tuscany's agricultural economy.

Keywords:   Tuscany, physiocracy, Peter Leopold, Tuscan economy, agricultural economy

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