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Jotham Wood Parsons
Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0001)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2007 – 8/31/2007

Making Money in Sixteenth-Century France

To begin writing a book with the working title "Making Money in Early Modern France," which investigates the crucial role that the currency and its regulation played in an emerging national state in the later sixteenth century. The project, for which research is largely complete, is based on both printed and archival sources, particularly those produced by the Cour des Monnaies, the administrative and judicial body in charge of money and precious metals. The sources shed light on the emergence of a "modern," bureaucratic and monetized society; they also reveal the deep ambivalence that such modernization induced in a still deeply traditional and aristocratic society, an ambivalence that still has echoes today.