Slingsby Bethel's Analysis of State Interests

Walter, Ryan (2015) Slingsby Bethel's Analysis of State Interests. History of European Ideas, 41 4: 489-506. doi:10.1080/01916599.2014.926659

Author Walter, Ryan
Title Slingsby Bethel's Analysis of State Interests
Journal name History of European Ideas   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0191-6599
Publication date 2015-06-25
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01916599.2014.926659
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 41
Issue 4
Start page 489
End page 506
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Seventeenth-century thinking on the relationship between trade and state power was routinely conducted using the concept of state interests, which enabled users to conceive a Europe of competing states that managed the balance of power through trade and war. Poor interest management could arise from ignorance, error, or the divergence between the private interests of rulers and a state's true interests. The stakes of pursuing or neglecting true interest were high: the survival and prosperity of the state. The dominance of ‘mercantilism’ as a historiographical category has obscured the role of interest in early modern thought. This paper examines the work of one of England's most prolific interest writers, Slingsby Bethel, to demonstrate the importance of reading interest writings without recourse to mercantilism. The two focuses are, first, how the rhetoric of counsel was used to defend an ordinary subject's presumption to comment on state affairs and, second, the capacity for interest writers to construe the rise and fall of state power in terms of good laws and statesmanship.
Keyword Balance of power
Slingsby Bethel
Adam Smith
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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