Richard Cantillon: Entrepreneur and Economist

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This is the first biography of entrepreneur and economist Richard Cantillon whose major work, Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en General (1755), remains one of the most important works on economics written in the 18th century. Using much previously unpublished manuscript material, this study explains the nature of Europe's first stock exchange boom, the South Sea Bubble, and the Mississippi System, and shows how Cantillon's theorizing as an economist interacted with his activities as a banker-entrepreneur to make him one of Europe's wealthiest men in this period of frenetic stock exchange activity.

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'It is a remarkable story, and the complexities of Cantillon's affairs are unravelled by Antoin Murphy with marvellous lucidity. Read it as an account of high finance in an age when financial sophistication was galloping ahead of the appropriate codes of business ethics. It must surely establish Cantillon's biographer as a master of this difficult genre of historical writing.'Business History 'This is a fascinating piece of historical detective work.' Michael S. Moss, University of Glasgow, Business History 'This is a fascinating piece of historical detective work. Anyone who is interested in the mercantile, monetary and financial history of the period, should read this study which corrects many of the simplistic notions that enjoy academic currency.' Michael S. Moss, University of Glasgow, Business History

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