Commerce and Finance in the Revolutionary Atlantic World

Dr Tom Cutterham

What was the American Revolution's impact on transatlantic financial networks, and how did the new United States change the way business was conducted in London, Paris, and Amsterdam as well as New York, Philadelphia, and Boston?

Or in other words, what's the connection between the birth of the United States and the history of capitalism? After working on ideas about justice and mechanisms of power in the 1780s, which often trace back to legal relationships around property and money, I wanted to investigate late eighteenth-century finance more directly. So far, that work has led to an article in the business history journal, Enterprise & Society. I've also organised a roundtable on "Economic Circulations in the Early American Republic," which will be held at the Organization of American Historians' annual meeting in April 2017.