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Taming Capitalism before its Triumph: Public Service, Distrust, and 'Projecting' in Early Modern England

Koji Yamamoto


This study revisits England’s culture of economic improvement between 1640 and 1720, a crucial period of its transformation into a global power backed by strong domestic industries. It is often suggested that England in this period grew confident of its prospect for unlimited growth. Merchants, inventors, and others proposed achieving profit and abundance. Such promises were then, as now, prone to perversion, however. The distinguishing feature of this study is to draw on the early modern concept of ‘projecting’ to explore the darker sides of England’s obsession with improvement. Thriving lite ... More

Keywords: early modern, England, economic, improvement, entrepreneur, capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198739173
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198739173.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Koji Yamamoto, author
Assistant Professor in Business History, University of Tokyo