Finlands Akademi
Sökande / Kontakt person Saastamoinen, Kari
Organisation Helsingfors universitet
Projektets titel Cameralism as an European Political Science: A Reassesment
Beslutnr 317994
Beslutsdatum 05.06.2018
Finansierings period 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022
Finansiering 480 000
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Beskrivning av projektet
The project offers a reassessment of cameralism as one of the significant currents of early modern European political thought. It has been customary to present cameralism as a German version of mercantilism developed in the service of princely propaganda. The project challenges such understanding of cameralism, analyzing the forms cameralism received in Italy, Germany and Sweden. Based on wide source material from these four European contexts, the project shows cameralism was a broader and often more sophisticated phenomenon than what is usually assumed. Many cameralists saw themselves as experts whose task is to develop growth-oriented political economy in the interest of all citizens. The project will transform our understanding of the character and significance of cameralism in eighteenth-century Europe.