Emma Rothschild

Emma Rothschild

Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History
Director, Center for History and Economics
Emma Rothschild

Office Hours: By appointment

18th century and 19th century history, especially the history of economic thought and economic history. I am Director of the Joint Center for History and Economics, and am involved in collaborative research projects, at the University of Cambridge and at Harvard, on Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas and on Visualizing Historical Networks. I am also an Affiliated Faculty member at Harvard Law School. Recent publications include "Isolation and Economic Life in Eighteenth-Century France" (American Historical Review, October 2014), "The Archives of Universal History" (Journal of World History, September 2008), “A Horrible Tragedy in the French Atlantic” (Past and Present, August 2006), Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet and the Enlightenment (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2001) and The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011)

Honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh

Curriculum vitae

Selected Publications

  • The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History (Princeton University Press, 2011)
  •  "Isolation and Economic Life in Eighteenth-Century France," American Historical Review, vol. 119, no. 4 (October, 2014), pp. 1055-1082.
  •  “The Archives of Universal History” in Journal of World History, Vol. 19, No. 3 (September 2008),  pp. 375-401
  • "A Horrible Tragedy in the French Atlantic" in Past and Present, No. 192 pp. 67-108 (August 2006)
  • "Adam Smith" in The Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith with Amartya Sen (2005)
  • "Global Commerce and the Question of Sovereignty in the 18th Century Provinces" in Modern Intellectual History, Vol 1, No. 1 pp 3-25 (April 2004)
  • Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet and the Enlightenment (Harvard University Press, 2001)

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Center for Government and International Studies-South Building
Room S424
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-4868

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