COMMON-PLACE Publishes the April 2006 Issue (Special Issue on Money)
They say that the past is a foreign country. Nowhere is this more true than in the world of money. The April 2006 special issue of Common-place, guest edited by Stephen Mihm and Mark Peterson, explores this alien world in all its peculiar glory. We whose lives depend on credit cards, ATMs, direct deposit, and internet commerce would be shocked by the strangeness of money in early America, but the sixteen authors featured here—historians, anthropologists, economists, literary critics, and religious scholars—help to explain it. Historians Wim Klooster and Malcolm Rohrbough describe the transforming effects that silver and gold from the New World had on the Old World. Joyce Appleby and Mark Valeri discuss the ideology of money, interest, and usury in the seventeenth century. The invention, evolution, and exploitation of paper money and its impact on American history are treated by Jennifer Baker and Benjamin Irvin. Currencies can be the basis on which nations unite or divide, as Eric Helleiner, Robert Wright, and Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld explore. And the banks and bookkeepers who handled the money (or made it themselves?) are explained by Michael Zakim and Jeffrey Sklansky. This, and much more, awaits you, free of charge, in the new Common-place at www.common-place.org .
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