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Political Economy in the Habsburg Monarchy 1750–1774

The Contribution of Ludwig Zinzendorf


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

  1. 1.Visiting Research FellowAustrian Academy of SciencesViennaAustria

About the authors

Simon Adler received his doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge, UK, and his masters in economics from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium. He is a business entrepreneur in the pharmaceutical industry and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Prior to healthcare, he was working in Corporate Finance at European and US investment banks.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Political Economy in the Habsburg Monarchy 1750–1774
  • Book Subtitle The Contribution of Ludwig Zinzendorf
  • Authors Simon Adler
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance
  • DOI
  • 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 Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-31006-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-31009-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-31007-3
  • Series ISSN 2662-5164
  • Series E-ISSN 2662-5172
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 288
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Financial History
    Economic Policy
    Political Economy/Economic Systems
    European History
    European Economics
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“The great value of this study is that it updates our understanding of eighteenth-century political economy in the Germanic world by carefully and convincingly tracing the connections of one demonstrably important economist-administrator, Ludwig Zinzendorf, to a politically influential and often theoretically refined school of economic thinkers.” (Paul Cheney, The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Vol. 43 (1), March, 2021)