Little is known of Antonio Serra except that he
wrote his extraordinary 1613 Short
Treatise on the Causes that Make Kingdoms Abound in Gold and Silver even in the
Absence of Mines in a Neapolitan jail, and that he died there soon
afterwards. However, the influence of this work represents a watershed not only
in the discipline of economics but in the history of social science and
intellectual history more generally.
In this book, some of the world’s leading economists and experts on
Serra explore the enduring appeal of his Short
Treatise. The authors analyse the work in its historical, economic,
cultural and intellectual contexts, exploring the finer details of his theories
regarding economic development and international financial interactions, as
well as his indebtedness to earlier Renaissance traditions. The book also
uncovers new material relating to Serra’s life and provides in-depth
interpretation of his key insights, influences and political economy.
book highlights the parallels between issues discussed by Serra and modern
political and scholarly consciousness, and illustrates the importance and
influences of historical debate in modern economic thinking.
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