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18:00 - 20:30 19 November 2012

Smith vs. Keynes, the Mercantile System vs. Mercantilism


Gustave Tuck | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

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Professor Julian Hoppit FBA, History Department, UCL

“Recently Keynesianism and ‘mercantilism’ have been revived as means of comprehending and addressing the economic crises first evident in 2008. In 1936 Keynes argued strongly for the intellectual sense of ‘mercantilism’, so helping to embed a term which had evolved quite some way from Adam Smith’s 1776 ‘mercantile system’. Why was Smith’s conceptualization sidelined? Why have so many historians discounted the conceptual utility of both ‘mercantilism’ and the ‘mercantile system’? Why might Smith’s ideas warrant a revival, at least amongst historians? What do the fortunes of these concepts tell us about the challenges of doing history?”


Samantha Pickett
0203 108 1149 | s.pickett@ucl.ac.uk


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