Readership: Legal historians and constitutional theorists, economists and economic historians
Christine Desan, Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Christine A. Desan is the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She teaches about the international monetary system, the constitutional law of money, constitutional history, political economy, and legal theory. She is the co-founder of Harvard's Program on the Study of Capitalism; with its co-director, Professor Sven Beckert (History), she has taught the Program's anchoring research seminar, the Workshop on the Political Economy of Modern Capitalism, since 2005. Desan's research explores money as a legal and political project, one that configures the market it sets out to measure.
1: Creation Stories
2: From Metal to Money: Producing the "Just Penny"
3: Commodity Money as an Extreme Sport: Flows, Famines, Debasements, and Imitation Pennies
4: The High Politics of Medieval Money: Strong Coin, Heavy Taxes, and the English Invention of Public Credit
5: The Social Stratigraphy of Coin and Credit in Late Medieval England
6: Priming the Pump: The Sovereign Path Towards Paying for Coin and Circulating Credit
7: Interests, Rights, and the Currency of Public Debt
8: Reinventing Money: The Beginning of Bank Currency
9: Re-theorizing Money: The Struggle Over the Modern Imagination
10: The Eighteenth Century Architecture of Modern Money
11: Epilogue to the Eighteenth Century: the Gold Standard in an Era of Inconvertibility
Conclusion: From Blood to Water