Dr Philipp Roessner

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Early Modern History

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Research Statement

I am happy to supervise postgraduate students in any field that relates to my two areas of specialization (see research tab).


I have three areas of specialization: (1) early modern British economic history, especially eighteenth-century Scotland; (2) early modern German economic and social history, especially sixteenth-century monetary history and economic history in general. (3) But I have also started to make some inroads into the history of pre-classical political economy. I am especially interested in Cameralism (usually known as the continental variant of Mercantilism), a very peculiar political economy which has received much unduly negative acclaim in recent years by scholars who have completely misunderstood the concept and its working mechanisms, especially by abusing the terminus technicus Policey and mis-representing its institutional as well as discoursive consequences in early modern political economy and economic life. Some have suggested that the German political economy and political theory ofPolicey would translate into something like "police" or "police state" which, apart from being a more than unlucky (in fact wrong) translation, has led to the most bizarre interpretations of Cameralist science and political economy in the recent literature.

I have just completed my fourth monograph which is an introduction to Martin Luther's economic thought and which will come out later on in 2014. I am planning to expand my studies on the culture and anthropology of money and the economics of the German Reformation (1517), derived from my past work (2007-2012) on the problems of coin debasement, deflation and social unrest in the German lands on the eve of the Lutheran reformation.

I hosted an international conference at Leipzig in July 2014 on Mercantilism, Cameralism and the Origins of Modern Political Economy the proceedings of which will be published with Routledge in 2016. I have also prepared a commented new translation (transl. Keith Tribe) of Philip Wilhelm von Hornick, 'Austria above All' (1684) - which was at its time the most successful and widely-read pamphlet in economics prior to Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations".


Research and projects

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