Mercantilism Reimagined: Political Economy in Early Modern Britain and its Empire

Phil SternCarl Wennerlind

Oxford University Press, 2014

Phil Stern is the co-editor with Carl Wennerlind of Mercantilism Reimagined: Political Economy in Early Modern Britain and its Empire, published by Oxford University Press. In this wide-ranging collection of essays, readers are invited to rethink the history of mercantilism. There are chapters on demography, labor, markets, consumption, credit, knowledge, natural history, corporations, piracy, states, and warfare – each of which offers a rich new set of lens for re-evaluating the history of mercantilism, a category too often – as the editors note in their introduction – explored in an almost essentialist fashion, as though it were not part of a much larger and more complex set of economic practices and ideas in the early modern world.