Synopses & Reviews
Industry has been at the centre of some of the most formidable political and economic debates of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This book explores the pivotal decades of the eighteenth-century in which the modern concept of industry was, for the first time, at the heart of heated debates in France and other European countries. The close reading of contemporary debates illuminates the origins of an economic key concept and suggests a fresh perspective on the rise of industry in the eighteenth-century.
Table of Contents
Introduction * Industry in Voltaire's Time * Voltaire, Prussia, and Industry * A European Debate about Colbert * How Much Industry Does a Nation Need? * A Political Campaign for Industry * Conclusion