The Currency of Empire: Money and Power in Seventeenth-Century English America

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Author: Barth Jonathan

Brand: Cornell University Press

Package Dimensions: 0x229x27

Number Of Pages: 396

Release Date: 15-05-2021

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In The Currency of Empire, Jonathan Barth explores the intersection of money and power in the early years of North American history, and he shows how the control of money informed English imperial action overseas.
The export-oriented mercantile economy promoted by the English Crown, Barth argues, directed the plan for colonization, the regulation of colonial commerce, and the politics of empire. The imperial project required an orderly flow of gold and silver, and thus England’s colonial regime required stringent monetary regulation. As Barth shows, money was also a flash point for resistance; many colonists acutely resented their subordinate economic station, desiring for their local economies a robust, secure, and uniform money supply. This placed them immediately at odds with the mercantilist laws of the empire and precipitated an imperial crisis in the 1670s, a full century before the Declaration of Independence.
The Currency of Empire examines what were a series of explosive political conflicts in the seventeenth century and demonstrates how the struggle over monetary policy prefigured the patriot reaction to the Stamp Act and so-called Intolerable Acts on the eve of American independence.
Thanks to generous funding from the Arizona State University and George Mason University, the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access (OA) volumes from Cornell Open (cornellopen.org) and other Open Access repositories.

Review

“Jonathan Barth deftly uses the words of England’s treatise writers and policy makers to illuminate the central role of silver and gold in making seventeenth-century empires. His clear and compelling narrative in The Currency of Empire shows that getting and investing money triggered struggles for political power, state security, and conquests abroad.” — Cathy Matson, Director, Program in Early American Economy and Society

“The Currency of Empire fills a significant gap in the literature. Jonathan Barth’s book offers a compelling new and important interpretation of currency in trans-Atlantic economies at the end of the 17th century that is deeply researched, well focused, and persuasive.” — Farley Grubb, University of Delaware, author of 
German Immigration and Servitude in America, 1709

1920

“Well-written, engaging, and startling, The Currency of Empire takes a new and insightful approach to the study of currency issues in early America and the development of an imperial state in British America.” — Trevor Burnard, University of Hull, author of
Jamaica in the Age of Revolution

Review

“Well-written, engaging, and startling, The Currency of Empire takes a new and insightful approach to the study of currency issues in early America and the development of an imperial state in British America.” — Trevor Burnard, University of Hull, author of
Jamaica in the Age of Revolution

About the Author

Jonathan Barth is Assistant Professor of History at Arizona State University. He has published in numerous journals including William & Mary Quarterly and New England Quarterly.

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