Colonialism and its Aftermath

Possessed by gambling frenzy or rational economic actors?

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Possessed by gambling frenzy or rational economic actors? Women in the English financial revolution in the early eighteenth century?

The paper is about women's financial affairs in eighteenth century England. Women were not simply the subjects of capitalism as employees, they were also owners and deployers of capital both in the stock market and in business. These women weren't just the very wealthy but were often of more modest means trying to manage the funds provided for them by their families which were their sole source of livelihood. The paper is concerned primarily with women and investment, but also looks at some recent work on women and business that challenges Davidoff and Hall's separate spheres.

Anne Laurence is Professor of History at the Open University, UK. At present she's visiting research fellow in the History Department at Adelaide University. Following her textbook, Women in England 1500-1760 she has worked on women and material culture but became interested in how they managed their finances. Recently she's been working on women investing in the early stock market in England, in particular in their involvement in the South Sea Bubble of 1720.

This is a CAIA and School of History and Classics joint seminar.
Date: 11am, Friday 28 September
Where: Room 477A, Humanities Building, Hobart