Found 4 article(s) for author 'Sophus Reinert'

Historical Political Economy

Historical Political Economy. Sophus Reinert, August 17, 2018, Book Chapter, “This chapter explores the cyclicality of historical awareness in economics. It shows how, over the centuries, there have been numerous moments when a tendency toward theoretical abstraction has resulted in real-world catastrophes which, in turn, have inspired a return to more historically-grounded approaches to economic inquiry and policy.Link

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New Perspectives on the History of Political Economy

New Perspectives on the History of Political Economy. Sophus Reinert, 2018, Book, “This volume offers a snapshot of the resurgent historiography of political economy in the wake of the ongoing global financial crisis, and suggests fruitful new agendas for research on the political-economic nexus as it has developed in the Western world since the end of the Middle Ages. New Perspectives on the History of Political Economy brings together a select group of young and established scholars from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds—history, economics, law, and political science—in an effort to begin a re-conceptualization of the origins and history of political economy through a variety of still largely distinct but complementary historical approaches—legal and intellectual, literary and philosophical, political and economic—and from a variety of related perspectives: debt and state finance, tariffs and tax policy, the encouragement and discouragement of trade, merchant communities and companies, smuggling and illicit trades, mercantile and colonial systems, economic cultures, and the history of economic doctrines more narrowly construed.Link

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The Harvard Research Center in Entrepreneurial History and the Daimonic Entrepreneur

The Harvard Research Center in Entrepreneurial History and the Daimonic Entrepreneur. Sophus Reinert, 2017, Paper, “This paper sketches the intellectual history of the Research Center in Entrepreneurial History, founded at Harvard in 1948, which helped established the contours of business history as a discipline. This history was shaped by the rivalry between N. S. B. Gras, the “father of business history,” and Arthur H. Cole, which defined still extant polarities in the field of business history. It provides context for the emergence of the figure of the “entrepreneur,” conceived of as an ambiguous and potent force of creative destruction, and of entrepreneurship as business history’s preeminent and vital dynamic. The paper focuses on German émigré Fritz L. Redlich, who was central to the Center’s work, and whose “creative entrepreneur” was conceived in explicit relation to the daimon, the godlike, frighteningly ambiguous, and often destructive power of inspiration and creativity.Link

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The Way to Wealth around the World: Benjamin Franklin and the Globalization of American Capitalism

The Way to Wealth around the World: Benjamin Franklin and the Globalization of American Capitalism, Sophus A. Reinert, February 2015, Paper. “‘Time,’ Benjamin Franklin professed poignantly in his 1748 Advice to a Young Tradesman, ‘is money,’ an iconic statement that, by commodifying existence itself, helped articulate the emotive core of modern capitalism. Indeed, few historical figures today enjoy a more prominent place in the cultural and intellectual constellation of capitalism than that most elusive of Founding Fathers. His myth uniquely inspires and inflects economic life…” (May require user account or purchase) Link

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