Bad Cameralists and Disordered Police States

in The Disordered Police State

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226870205
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226870229 | DOI:
Bad Cameralists and Disordered Police States

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Today cameralists are mostly regarded as the propagators of an economic theory called cameralism. They generally appear in the histories as an appendage of something called “cameralism,” a disembodied collection of economic principles, academic sciences, and bureaucratic practices. The sciences of the good cameralist were continually in dialogue with narratives about the bad official. Good cameralists had a bad reputation. The cameral sciences, and the universal cameralists who had mastered them, would serve the true interests of people and prince. The Kammer was a physical space, a chamber where fiscal officials met to discuss the most secret affairs of the prince. This book takes aim at Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff and Johann von Justi, bedrock and keystone of cameralist narratives. It is about the fiscal landscapes of the German-speaking lands of the post-Westphalian Holy Roman Empire. Additionally, it is about how the world changed knowledge.

Keywords: universal cameralists; cameralism; bad reputation; cameral sciences; Kammer; Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff; Johann von Justi; Holy Roman Empire

Chapter.  10898 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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