Early modern finance, central planning and technology

Self-indulgently, I read *another* novel this week, Francis Spufford’s

. It has some relevance to this blog, with fascinating insight into early modern (18th century London-New York) finance. Unlike his brilliant
, however – which was about the formal equivalence of a centrally planned economy and a decentralised competitive general equilibrium (under certain assumptions, naturally) –
is only tangentially about economics, to be transparent about it. It is, though, a rattling good read, highly recommended, and impossible to say more about without spoilers.

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Anybody who hasn’t yet read

should make it a priority. I also adore Spufford’s
, a hymn to the otherwise unsung heroes of British engineering. And his volume with Jenny Uglow,

[amazon_image id=”0571225241″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Red Plenty[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”0571214975″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”0571172431″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Cultural Babbage: Technology, Time and Invention[/amazon_image]


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