Mara Caden

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I am a doctoral candidate in early modern European history. My research focuses on the history of money in Britain and its empire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. My dissertation, entitled “The Money Industry: Mints, Manufactures, and the Geography of Currency in Britain and its Empire, 1690-1750,” explains why the British state maintained a centralized mint in London and prohibited coinage in its Irish and American dominions. I argue that the British state restricted the production of money to England in order to maintain a uniform monetary standard and promote trust in the currency. However, the denial of mints to Ireland and the American colonies doomed these parts of the empire to chronic coin shortages and hindered manufacturing and internal trade there. This project explains the monetary origins of the growth of the fiscal-military state in Britain, it reframes our understanding of colonial underdevelopment in the empire, and it demonstrates the central role that the state played in shaping industrial practices and creating a modern economy.
My research has received support from the Harvard Program on the Study of Capitalism, the Tobin Project Democracy and Markets Fellowship, the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Winterthur Library, the American Philosophical Society, and the Council for European Studies, the John F. Ender Dissertation Fellowship, and the Georg W. Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy, among others.
At Yale, I have served as a teaching fellow for courses on Colonial American History and on France and the French Revolution.
My adviser is Steven Pincus, and my dissertation committee includes Keith Wrightson, Naomi Lamoreaux, and Christine Desan (Harvard). I am happy to talk with prospective students about the program.