Spring 2024 • Reading Group
Money and Empire
As they organize monetary systems, nations identify value and mobilize resources. Money becomes a mode of nation-building and dimension of internal governance. By the same token, states have extended their reach across borders through monetary means, either displacing indigenous systems or extracting payment through financial leverage. This reading group will explore accounts of empire effectuated through monetary leverage,drawing from scholarship about Africa, Latin America, early America, and India.