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.

Buy at Amazon 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

Buy at Amazon 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

Buy at Amazon 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]

Buy at Amazon Little, Lester. "Adapting to the Profit Economy." In Religious Poverty and the Profit Economy in Medieval Europe. Cornell University Press, 1978. ISBN: 9780236401093.

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

Buy at Amazon Nelson, Jonathan Katz, and Richard J. Zeckhauser. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."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

Buy at Amazon 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.

Buy at Amazon 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

Buy at Amazon 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]

Buy at Amazon 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. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."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

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

Buy at Amazon 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]

Buy at Amazon 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

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

Buy at Amazon 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

Buy at Amazon 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.

Buy at Amazon 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]

Buy at Amazon Benjamin, Walter. "The Task of the Translator." In Illuminations: Essays and Reflections. Edited by Hannah Arendt. Schocken, 1969. ISBN: 9780805202410.

Background Bibliography

Buy at Amazon 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

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

Buy at Amazon 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

Buy at Amazon 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. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."A New Theory of Guilds and European Economic Development." (PDF - 3.0MB) Explorations in Economic History 28, no. 2 (1991): 127–68.

Buy at Amazon North, Douglass C. "Structure and Change in Early Modern Europe." In Structure and Change in Economic History. W. W. Norton & Company, 1982. ISBN: 9780393952414.

Buy at Amazon 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?

Buy at Amazon 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.

Buy at Amazon 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.