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Calculated Values

Finance, Politics, and the Quantitative Age

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$49.00 • £39.95 • €44.00

ISBN 9780674971875

Publication Date: 02/19/2018


440 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

18 halftones, 1 line illustration, 1 graph, 10 tables


  • Preface: Quantification and Its Discontents
  • Notes on Style
  • Introduction: Political Calculations
  • 1. Finding the Money: Public Accounting and Political Arithmetic after 1688
  • 2. The Great Project of the Equivalent: A Story of the Number 398,085½
  • 3. The Balance-of-Trade Battle and the Party Politics of Calculation in 1713–1714
  • 4. The Preeminent Bookkeepers in Christendom: Personalities of Calculation
  • 5. Intrinsic Values: Figuring Out the South Sea Bubble
  • 6. Futures Projected: Robert Walpole’s Political Calculations
  • 7. Figures, Which They Thought Could Not Lie: The Problem with Calculation in the Eighteenth Century
  • Conclusion

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