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dc.contributor.authorWeber, Lina
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-12T15:30:07Z
dc.date.available2019-11-12T15:30:07Z
dc.date.issued2017-07-07
dc.identifier263044613
dc.identifiera1f61947-b338-4f42-8932-7dc95fea180e
dc.identifier85044929720
dc.identifier.citationWeber , L 2017 , ' Predicting the bankruptcy of England : David Hume’s political discourses and the Dutch debate on national debt in the eighteenth century ' , Early Modern Low Countries , vol. 1 , no. 1 , pp. 135-155 . https://doi.org/10.18352/emlc.8en
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-8397-3320/work/95772806
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10023/18903
dc.description.abstractAlthough intellectual historians have long established that the evolution of national debt had a decisive impact on early-modern political discourse, the Dutch case has yet to be understood. This article uses the reception of David Hume’s Political Discourses as an illustration of a broader debate in the Dutch Republic. Due to the peculiar financial situation of The Netherlands in the eighteenth century, the Dutch discourse on public credit did not display anxiety about the debts of the provinces or the union but rather scrutinised the creditworthiness of Britain and, to a lesser extent, France, and discussed the Republic’s role within a changing Europe. The article argues that an anonymous Dutch translator strategically intervened in an ongoing debate by transforming Hume’s original scepticism about the viability of Britain’s financial situation into the prediction of an inevitable bankruptcy. Investigating the reception of the famous essay ‘Of Public Credit’ in Dutch journals and pamphlets, it shows how both the essay’s content and Hume’s reputation as a deep-thinking ‘Englishman’ were utilised to disseminate the warning and address Dutch investors.
dc.format.extent134204
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofEarly Modern Low Countriesen
dc.subjectD901 Europe (General)en
dc.subjectDA Great Britainen
dc.subjectT-NDASen
dc.subject.lccD901en
dc.subject.lccDAen
dc.titlePredicting the bankruptcy of England : David Hume’s political discourses and the Dutch debate on national debt in the eighteenth centuryen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Historyen
dc.identifier.doi10.18352/emlc.8
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden


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