VSS Sept 2022: Roundtable - Monarchy & Money

VSS Sept 2022: Roundtable - Monarchy & Money

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VSS Sept 2022: Roundtable - Monarchy & Money. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Economics & Finances of Monarchical Rule

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15 September 2022

17:00 GMT/18:00 CET

Roundtable - "Monarchy & Money. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Economics & Finances of Monarchical Rule"

Featuring Charlotte Backerra, Cathleen Sarti, Fatima Rhorchi, Torsten Riotte, Jonathan Spangler, and Lienhard Thaler


The book "Monarchy & Money. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Economics and Finances of Monarchical Rule" emerged from a conference in September 2020 and offers first insights into the field along the lines of crown, dynasty, and realm with case studies covering European examples from the 14th to the 21st century. Chapters are on - in alphabetical order - Bohemia, Denmark, European monarchies in general, Holy Roman Empire, Lorraine, Netherlands, Spain, and Prussian heritage. This roundtable will present the idea and contents of the book and discuss the book with contributors and external reviewers. The book series Monarchy & Money. Studies in Monarchy & Money, published with Amsterdam University Press, addresses the interdependences between monarchical rule and economy, business, and finance. Studies published in the series shall analyse revenue, expenditure, ownership and management of royal assets, business enterprises, manufactures, economic knowledge, sovereign debt, or economic oversight.

The roundtable will present results from the conference and the edited volume, and then discuss in broader terms economic, financial, and administrative aspects of monarchical rule. Understanding courts as households has transformed historiographical discussions of monarchical rule, power, and the role of the court within the realm. Scholars of medieval, early modern, and modern monarchies will present new ideas and directions within the field, and discuss with the audience.

Organisers bios:

Dr Charlotte Backerra is an Assistant Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Göttingen in Germany. Her first monograph discusses the functioning of international relations in the early eighteenth century, especially concerning the Anglo-Austrian relations: Wien und London, 1727–1735: Internationale Beziehungen im frühen 18. Jahrhundert (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2018). She now works on economic and business strategies of dynasties in the Holy Roman Empire (1550–1650). Charlotte is further interested and has published on dynastic culture, confessional diplomacy, gender studies, early modern intelligence and espionage, and the history of historiography.

Dr Cathleen Sarti is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Her first monograph discusses Deposing Monarchs. Domestic Conflict and State Formation, 1500-1700. She has edited several books on historical theory, cultural history, and monarchical studies, most recently Women and Economic Power in Premodern Royal Courts (Arc Humanities Press, 2020). She currently works on the Baltic weapon trade, Danish queens, informal counsellors, divine right of monarchy, and is interested in political culture (mostly in Northern Europe).

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