In search of a crude fancy of childhood: deconstructing mercantilism.

  title={In search of a crude fancy of childhood: deconstructing mercantilism.},
  author={J{\'e}r{\^o}me Blanc and Ludovic Desmedt},
  journal={Cambridge Journal of Economics},
This paper argues against the unity of 'mercantilism', refuting a rational reconstruction that underestimates both the diversity of early modern European economists and their writings, and the depth of their analyses. Beginning with a brief examination of the origins of 'mercantilism' and the evolution of perceptions of it, we examine the various readings proposed of 'mercantilist' writings (classical 'reconstruction', the German historical school and then contemporary work). The… 

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