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Nicholas: Love the analysis, but am wondering what would happen if you analyzed via a different sense, like sight. So much of how maritime capitalism works is out of sight, beyond shore, and outside national legal frameworks. I’m thinking of a series of essays that William Langwiesche wrote for the Atlantic 25 years ago, collected as _The Outlaw Sea.” It’s the very weakness of the State to enforce much of anything that makes maritime capitalism possible. In a way, I think Lisa may want to comment, having edited the papers presented at our Hidden Capitalisms conference in 2017.
Kristen: I’m interested in the dynamic among the various Protestant denominations that is informing your tailor. I used to use in my history of technology courses the writings of John Theophilous Desaguliers, an English engineer operating in the very same time period, who argued that good engineering practices (read: dispassionate empiricism and inductive reasoning) would gain the favor of Providence (in the form of commercial success). Is something similar going on with your tailor? I believe that the conflict among radical Protestants and establishment Protestantism (Church of England) is only just beginning to die down in the 1740s.
Erik, many thanks for the great question. I have thoughts! Hopefully we’ll get to this.
Nicholas: I want to amplify Ai’s comment about Hawthorne and railroads. See discussion of RRs as sound of cap/modernity in Leo Marx, Machine in the garden