Political Economy in the Habsburg Monarchy 1750–1774

The Contribution of Ludwig Zinzendorf

  • Simon Adler

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance book series (PSHF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Simon Adler
    Pages 1-22
  3. Simon Adler
    Pages 251-259
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 261-288

About this book


Political Economy in the Habsburg Monarchy is an important study of the contribution of Austrian Enlightenment economist Ludwig Zinzendorf to the political economy of the Habsburg monarchy in the mid eighteenth century. Simon Adler provides the first comprehensive analysis, and first ever study in English, of the development of Zinzendorf’s thinking on the economy, commerce and, above all, state finances. Political Economy in the Habsburg Monarchy shows the extent to which Zinzendorf’s insights were part of the wider European movement dedicated to understanding political economy as an independent and important activity. It establishes Zinzendorf, a protégé of the State Chancellor Wenzel Anton Kaunitz, as a pivotal figure in the development of Austrian economic and financial policies during the 1750s and 1760s and explains how he challenged cameralism using the most advanced European economic ideas, notably from French writers around Vincent de Gournay. This book is based upon wide-ranging research of primary sources and comprehensive coverage of secondary literature and adds significantly to the ongoing historiographical turn towards political economy in the eighteenth century.


Ludwig Zinzendorf Habsburg monarchy political economy Vincent de Gournay European Enlightenment Eighteenth century political economy Enlightenment Zinzendorf Eighteenth century Habsburg Monarchy Eighteenth century State Credit and Banks Kaunitz

Authors and affiliations

  • Simon Adler
    • 1
  1. 1.Visiting Research FellowAustrian Academy of SciencesViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-31006-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-31007-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2662-5164
  • Series Online ISSN 2662-5172
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