Title

Books, Bureaus, and the Historiography of Cameralism

Document Type

Article

Program

History (Pitzer)

Publication Date

5-2005

Keywords

Cameralism, Historiography

Abstract

This paper traces a deep rift in the historiography of cameralism, demonstrating how historians have systematically separated cameralist writings from the context of the Holy Roman Empire’s fiscal chambers. Scholarship on the subject has been largely defined by an artificial separation between “cameralists of the book” and “cameralists of the bureau.” I argue that it is time to interrogate this distinction, which is itself a legacy of the nineteenth century.

Rights Information

© 2005 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.