Conference: New Orleans, Global City (1718 – 2018)

New Orleans, Global City (1718 – 2018): 

The Long Shadow of John Law and the Mississippi Company

New Orleans

Inaugural Conference of the 18th- and 19th-Century Studies Network

​Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28, 2018

​University of Colorado Boulder

It has been almost three hundred years since the first international stock market crash took place in France, Britain, and the Netherlands. A spate of cross-disciplinary conferences and publications have added greatly to our understanding of the impact of the Mississippi and South Sea Bubbles and the Dutch windhandel (trade in wind) on European economies and cultures. The colonial, global, and oceanic dimensions of these events have not been studied as closely.

Meant to coincide with the foundation of New Orleans in 1718 by the Compagnie des Indes (aka the Mississippi Company), this interdisciplinary conference will focus on the immediate to long-term impact of Law’s System and the Mississippi Company on the cultures, economies, and environments of New Orleans and surrounding areas. The focus will be on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but we shall also consider proposals that deal with earlier or later developments so long as they take into account their broader historical context.


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