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Author Codr, Dwight, 1975-
Title Raving at usurers : anti-finance and the ethics of uncertainty in England, 1690-1750 / Dwight Codr.
Imprint Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, [2016]

Subject Usury -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Usury -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Usury in literature -- History -- 17th century.
Usury in literature -- History -- 18th century.
Usury -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History.
Finance -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Finance -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Economics -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Economics -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Great Britain -- Economic conditions -- 17th century.
Great Britain -- Economic conditions -- 18th century.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Raving at usurers: The life and death of David Jones -- 2. Hazarding all for God: The death of usury and the Financial Revolution, reconsidered -- 3. Risk and adventure in the Age of Projects: Noah, Defoe, Crusoe -- 4. Risk aversion and the economization of prudence: Fielding, gambling, gifts -- Conclusion John Ruskin and the ghost of David Jones.
Summary Dwight Codr explores the complex intersection of religion, economics, ethics, and literature in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England. Codr offers an alternative to the orthodox story of secular economic modernity's emergence in this key time and place, locating in early modern anti-usury literature an "ethic of uncertainty" that viewed economic transactions as ethical to the extent that their outcomes were uncertain. Codr's development of an "anti-financial" reading practice reveals that the financial revolution might be said to have grown out of--rather than in spite of--early modern anti-usury and Protestant ethics.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780813937809 (electronic bk.)
0813937809 (electronic bk.)
9780813937816 (electronic bk.)
0813937817 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 933251492
Additional Format Print version: Codr, Dwight, 1975- Raving at usurers 9780813937809 (DLC) 2015025725 (OCoLC)912382871