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english financial history

Early Modern Financial History series of online seminars

First two upcoming seminars

Tuesday 24 November 2020 via Zoom, 8:00-9:00 New York, 13:00-14:00 Lisbon/London, 14:00-15:00 Bern/Amsterdam, 22:00-23:00 Tokyo

Claudio Marsilio (Universidade de Lisboa): Rethinking the role of the Genoese bankers in the credit and bullion markets. New evidence from Genoese and Florentine private archives (1630-1700)

Tuesday 8 December 2020 via Zoom, 8:00-9:00 New York, 13:00-14:00 London, 14:00-15:00 Bern/Amsterdam, 22:00-23:00 Tokyo

Nadia Matringe (LSE): Commission trading and the use of the bill of exchange as a clearing instrument in 16th century Lyon

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We are launching a series of online seminars dedicated to early modern financial history. Early modernity (15th-18th century) represents a fascinating period in the history of finance. It was a time of intense experimentation and innovation, which led to a far-reaching transformation of the European financial system, with profound political, social, and cultural consequences not only in Europe but also worldwide.

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climate change epidemic français

Dans quelle mesure les grandes pestes du passé éclairent-elles la pandémie de Covid-19, mais aussi notre difficulté à changer nos comportements face au défi climatique ?

Dans quelle mesure les grandes pestes du passé peuvent-elles éclairer la pandémie de Covid-19 ? Soulignons d’emblée des différences fondamentales. Le Covid engendre une surmortalité effrayante, mais nous sommes loin des hécatombes du passé. En 1656, à Naples, la peste tue plus de 200 mille personnes, soit plus de la moitié de la population ; à Londres, en 1665, elle emporte 75 mille personnes, soit un quart des habitants ; à Marseille, en 1720, elle fait 90 mille morts, le tiers de la population. Les textes de l’époque évoquent les monceaux de cadavres, les scènes d’hystérie (malades préférant s’ensevelir eux-mêmes plutôt que d’être dévorés par les animaux, etc.), mais aussi la disette, les pillages, les violences qui souvent accompagnaient les épidémies. La « peste » était d’autant plus terrifiante qu’elle était perçue comme une punition divine. Pour ne citer qu’un exemple, nombre de contemporains de la peste de Marseille pensaient que celle-ci était le signe que la spéculation boursière effrénée de 1719-20 avait provoqué la colère du Ciel.

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english financial history

A social vs. an institutional history of the “Financial Revolution” and the importance of experimentation. Part 1

Since P.G.M. Dickson’s seminal study about post-1688 England, “Financial Revolution” (hereafter FR) has become a key notion for economic and financial historians.[1]

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italiano war

Scontri tra truppe imperiali e contadini siciliani nei giorni della battaglia di Francavilla (20 giugno 1719)

Le guerre costituiscono uno dei principali temi d’interesse per la stampa della prima modernità. La campagna di Sicilia del 1718-20 non fa eccezione: i giornali dedicano ampio spazio alle grandi “azioni” militari (la battaglia navale di Capo Passero, l’assedio di Milazzo, la battaglia di Francavilla, l’assedio di Messina, ecc.) e si interessano anche alle operazioni minori, in particolare agli scontri tra truppe imperiali e “paesani” siciliani.

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english travels

Two 1720 schemes about new inland connections between Europe and East Asia

Among the multitude of undertakings projected in 1720, two schemes stand out for their grandiose ambition: creating, inland, a new and quicker connection between Europe and East Asia. However, besides their similar objective, the two undertakings were entirely different.

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français history of food

Une machine pour cuire les aliments grâce aux rayons du soleil (1716)

En mai 1716, un certain abbé de Gusman, ancien bibliothécaire du roi du Portugal, expose à Paris une machine qui, par la seule chaleur des rayons du soleil, permettrait de cuire le pain, rôtir la viande et faire bouillir les « pots ».

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english prodigies

A sea monster in Sicily (May 1716)

The 19 May 1716 the Weekly Journal (one of the major British newspapers of the time) reported on its front page that a sea monster had been seen near the city of Milazzo in Sicily. The creature uttered frightening neighs and had “an horrible size and figure”, resembling to a kind of horse with six feet and two heads, each with a horn on the forefront and elephant-like ears. It appeared for three consecutive days, emerging from the sea around nine in the morning, walking for about four hours on the shore, and plunging again in the water “with that force that the place where it went in foam’d a quarter of an hour afterwards.” According to the paper, the inhabitants of Sicily were extremely worried as they believed the sea monster was possibly “a forerunner of dismal calamities.”

Cite this article as: Stefano Condorelli, "A sea monster in Sicily (May 1716)," in Notes on research, 07/01/2014, https://condorelli.hypotheses.org/19.