Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Gimon visiting scholar on campus

David Woodworth, a PhD candidate in history at Johns Hopkins University, is currently on campus doing research in the Gustave Gimon Collection on French Political Economy. He will be at Stanford until the end of January, and I hope that many of you will have the opportunity to meet him.

David's dissertation is entitled: "Public Credit and Plutocracy: War Finance and the nouveaux riches of the French Revolution and Empire, 1789-1815". It explores how the "prominence of these fabulously wealthy men and women at the apex of social and political hierarchies caused a transformation in French attitudes about finance capitalism, public credit, and economic inequality." He will be examining eighteenth century materials of the political in the Gimon Collection, especially works by Du Pont de Nemours, Jean-Baptiste Say, and Jean Herrenschwand.

The new call for proposals for the Gimon Visiting Fellowship in French Political Economy will go out this week and proposals will be due in mid-March. Please let colleagues at other institutions working on appropriate topics know about this research opportunity.

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