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Jacob Soll
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
A History of the Free Market from the 16th to the 20th Century

Research leading to publication of a monograph on the history of the idea of the free market.

The object of my new book, Free Market: The History of Dream is to show in clear terms, to a wide audience, that the origins of free market thought are older and more complex than previously thought. Rather than products of the 18th and 19th centuries, they grew from Renaissance and Enlightenment traditions based in religious views of the self-regulating laws of nature. What is remarkable in this story is the extent to which religious tradition was at the basis of free market thought, even as it became the secular field of economics we know today.

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Project fields:
Economic History; History, General; Intellectual History

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Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2018