About this Project

2015 – 2016

Loïc Charles joined us for a year of scholarship on three projects. The first was a study of the interactions between the nascent science of political economy and the practice of the French economic administration in late eighteenth century in order to assess the impact of the former on the latter. Secondly, he looked at the classification practices of the administrative actors in the context of the measurement of the French balance of trade, and more generally economic exchanges throughout the ‘long’ eighteenth-century (1715-1815). The third study investigated the status of visuals and visualization in the social sciences during the first part of the twentieth-century.

Loïc Charles (Ph.D. University of la Sorbonne) is Professor of economics at the University of Paris 8 Saint-Denis where he teaches economic history and history of economics. Over the past several years, his reserach has centered on topics such as the history of eighteenth-century French government and trade, the history of enlightenment social sciences and the history of visualization in economics. He has published in journals such as Past & Present, History of Political Economy and Revue d’histoire moderne et contemporaine and co-direcetd two books. He is presently completing a co-authored book, The Physiocratic Movement and the French Enlightenment: Science, Culture and Society (under contract at Cambridge University Press) and co-directing a French National Research Agency project that aims to build a comprhensive database of French eighteenth-century external trade. 


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