Financing Enlightenment, Part One

Mary Poovey

in This Is Enlightenment

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780226761473
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226761466 | DOI:
Financing Enlightenment, Part One

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This chapter identifies five ways of understanding money that might make us rethink the Enlightenment. It then offers two very brief historical accounts: one summarizes the condition of (English) money during the Enlightenment, and the second chronicles some of the stages by which money lost its own history, as part of a more general cultural process of mystification or erasure. It suggests that some version of this erasure is intrinsic to Enlightenment, both past and present, as one of the conditions of its possibility.

Keywords: money; Enlightenment; history

Chapter.  5346 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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