1 Introduction Desan, Christine. “Coin Reconsidered: The Political Alchemy of Commodity Money.” Theoretical Inquiries in Law 11, no. 1 (2010): 361–409.
2 Capitalism’s Historiography: The Early Modern Profit Economy

Pirenne, Henri. “The Stages in the Social History of Capitalism.” The American Historical Review 19, no. 3 (1914): 494–515.

Weber, Max. “Part 1. The Problem.” In The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Penguin Classics, 2002. ISBN: 9780140439212. [Preview with Google Books]

Sombart, Werner. “Capitalism.” In Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. The Macmillan Company, 1930.

Hamilton, Earl J. “American Treasures and the Rise of Capitalism (1500–1700).” Economica, no. 27 (1929): 338–57.

3 Price and Valuation: The Art Market and Workshop Practices

Thomas, Anabel. “Completion of the Merchandise: Payment,” “The Workshop as a Business Enterprise,” and “The Workshop and Stylistic Development.” In The Painter’s Practice in Renaissance Tuscany. Cambridge University Press, 1997. ISBN: 9780521445641.

Background Bibliography

Wren, Daniel. “Medieval or Modern? A Scholastic’s View of Business Ethics, circa 1430.” Journal of Business Ethics 28, no. 2 (2000): 109–119.

de Roover, Raymond. “The Concept of the Just Price: Theory and Economic Policy.” The Journal of Economic History 18, no. 4 (1958): 418–34.

4 Moralizing Profits & Building, Money and Time

Le Goff, Jacques. “Merchant’s Time and Church’s Time in the Middle Ages.” In Time, Work, and Culture in the Middle Ages. University of Chicago Press, 1980. ISBN: 9780226470818. [Preview with Google Books]

Little, Lester. “Adapting to the Profit Economy.” In Religious Poverty and the Profit Economy in Medieval Europe. Cornell University Press, 1978. ISBN: 9780236401093.

Trachtenberg, Marvin. Building in Time: From Giotto to Alberti and Modern Oblivion. Yale University Press, 2010, pp. 25–101. ISBN: 9780300165920.

Nelson, Jonathan Katz, and Richard J. Zeckhauser. “A Renaissance Instrument to Support Nonprofits: The Sale of Private Chapels in Florentine Churches.” (PDF) In The Governance of Not-for-Profit Organizations. Edited by Edward L. Glaeser. University of Chicago Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780226297859.


Class Held At The Museum Of Fine Arts

Metal Technologies of Capitalism: Early Modern Numismatics, Monetization, and Money as Object

Stahl, Alan. “Numismatics in the Renaissance.” In The Rebirth of Antiquity: Numismatics, Archaeology, and Classical Studies. Princeton University Library, 2009. ISBN: 9780878110513.

Maguire, Henry. “Magic and Money in the Early Middle Ages.” Speculum 72, no. 4 (1997): 1037–54.

Kaspersen, Lars Bo. “The Analysis of Modernity: Globalization, the Transformation of Intimacy, and the Post-traditional Society.” In Anthony Giddens: An Introduction to a Social Theorist. Wiley-Blackwell, 2000. ISBN: 9780631207344.

6 Palaces and Banks

Goldthwaite, Richard A. “The Reason for Building: Needs and Taste” & “The Results: Art and Architecture as Investment.” In The Building of Renaissance Florence: An Economic and Social History. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982. ISBN: 9780801829772. [Preview with Google Books]

Friedman, David. “Palaces and the Street in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy.” In Urban Landscape: International Perspectives. Edited by J. Whitehand and P. Larkin. Routledge, 1992. ISBN: 9780415070744. [Preview with Google Books]

Kohn, Meir. “Finance Before the Industrial Revolution: An Introduction.” (PDF) In The Origins of Western Economic Success: Commerce, Finance, and Government in Preindustrial Europe. Book Manuscript, 1999.

Puglisi, Catherine, and William Barcham. “Bernardino da Feltre, the Monte di Pietà and the Man of Sorrows: Activist, Microcredit and Logo.” Artibus et Historiae 29, no. 58 (2008): 35–63.

7 Early Modern Urbanization and Marketplaces & An Architecture of Trade: Loggias and Fondacos

Calabi, Donatella. The Market and the City: Square, Street and Architecture in Early Modern Europe. Ashgate, 2004. ISBN: 9780754608936.

Atwell, Adrienne. “Ritual Trading at the Florentine Wool-Cloth Botteghe.” In Renaissance Florence: A Social History. Edited by John Paoletti and Roger Crum. Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9781444196443. [Preview with Google Books]

Constable, Olivia Remie. “Christian Commerce and the Solidification of the Fondaco System.” In Housing the Stranger in the Mediterranean World: Lodging, Trade, and Travel in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Cambridge University Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780521819183. [Preview with Google Books]

Background Bibliography

Braudel, Fernand. “Merchants and Trade Circuits.” In Civilization and Capitalism, 15th–18th Century: The Wheels of Commerce. Haper & Row, 1983. ISBN: 9780060150914.

Welch, Evelyn. “Part One: Seeing Shopping.” In Shopping in the Renaissance: Consumer Cultures in Italy 1400–1600. Yale University Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780300159851.


Meeting About Paper Topics This Week

The Non-mechanized Copy: Questions of Originality

Trachtenberg, Marvin. “On Brunelleschi’s Old Sacristy as a Model for Early Renaissance Church Architecture.” In L’Église dans L’Architecture de la Renaissance. Edited by Jean Guillaume. Picard, 1995. ISBN: 9782708404731.

Cole, Bruce. “Titian and the Idea of Originality in the Renaissance.” In The Craft of Art: Originality and Industry in the Italian Renaissance and Baroque Workshop. Edited by Andrew Ladis, Carolyn Wood, and William U. Eiland. University of Georgia Press, 1995. ISBN: 9780820316482. [Preview with Google Books]

Benjamin, Walter. “The Task of the Translator.” In Illuminations: Essays and Reflections. Edited by Hannah Arendt. Schocken, 1969. ISBN: 9780805202410.

Background Bibliography

Pon, Lisa. “Introduction,” “Framing Marcantonio Raimondi’s Prints,” and “Raphael’s Signature.” In Raphael, Dürer, and Marcantonio Raimondi: Copying and the Italian Renaissance Print. Yale University Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780300096804.

9 Visit to the Institute Archives & Rotch Rare Books

Simmel, Georg. The Philosophy of Money. Routledge, 2011. ISBN: 9780415610117. [Preview with Google Books]

Graeber, David. Debt: The First 5,000 Years. Melville House, 2012. ISBN: 9781612191294. [Preview with Google Books]

10 Guilds as Economic Organizations and Corporate Patrons

Gustafsson, Bo. “The Rise and Economic Behaviour of Medieval Craft Guilds.” In Power and Economic Institutions: Reinterpretations in Economic History. Edited by Bo Gustafsson. Edward Elgar Publication, 1991. ISBN: 9781852783976.

Hickson, Charles R., and Earl A. Thompson. “A New Theory of Guilds and European Economic Development.” (PDF - 3.0MB) Explorations in Economic History 28, no. 2 (1991): 127–68.

North, Douglass C. “Structure and Change in Early Modern Europe.” In Structure and Change in Economic History. W. W. Norton & Company, 1982. ISBN: 9780393952414.

Brucker, Gene. “Corporate Values and the Aristocratic Ethos.” In The Civic World of Early Renaissance Florence. ACLS Humanities E-Book, 2008. ISBN: 9781597403719.

11 Final Presentations [MARCHs and SMARCHs must present]  No readings this session

Final Presentations

Final Papers Due For MARCHs and SMARCHs

No readings this session

Final Papers Due For non-MARCHs and non-SMARCHs

No Discussion Leader assigned; no response papers

The Early Modern Economy: A Case for World Systems and Globalization?

Abu-Lughod, Janet. “Studying a System in Formation,“and “The Merchant Mariners of Genoa and Venice.” In Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250–1350. Oxford University Press, 1991. ISBN: 9780195067743. [Preview with Google Books]

Schneider, Jane. “Was There a Pre-capitalist World System?Peasant Studies 6, no. 1 (1977): 20–29.

Wallerstein, Immanuel. “World-Systems Analysis: Theoretical and Interpretative Issues.” In World-Systems Analysis: Theory and Methodology (Explorations in the World Economy). SAGE Publications, 1982. ISBN: 9780803918115.

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