Early Modern History: Society and Culture

The Economy of Obligation

The Culture of Credit and Social Relations in Early Modern England

Authors: Muldrew, C.

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This book is an excellent work of scholarship. It seeks to redefine the early modern English economy by rejecting the concept of capitalism, and instead explores the cultural meaning of credit, resulting from the way in which it was economically structured. It is a major argument of the book that money was used only in a limited number of exchanges, and that credit in terms of household reputation, was a 'cultural currency' of trust used to transact most business. As the market expanded in the late-sixteenth century such trust became harder to maintain, leading to an explosion of debt litigation, which in turn resulted in social relations being partially redefined in terms of contractual equality.

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CRAIG MULDREW is Lecturer in the History Department and member of Queens' College, University of Cambridge. He has been a lecturer at University of Exeter and a Jean Monnet fellow at the European University Institute, Florence.

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'Craig Muldrew has written an imaginatively conceived and richly researched study of the meaning and practice of credit in early modern England.' - David Harris Sacks, Reed College, Journal of Economic History


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Economy of Obligation
Book Subtitle
The Culture of Credit and Social Relations in Early Modern England
Authors
Series Title
Early Modern History: Society and Culture
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Craig Muldrew
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights are restricted. Dual edition
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-26879-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-349-26879-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-21565-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-26881-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 453
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