Thank you for putting up with this, some draft chapters from a book manuscript — to be published, Deo volente, by the University of Chicago Press, perhaps in 2009. Any form of comment you find convenient has my thanks. It would be useful for example if you gave me your copy of the manuscript with your comments directly on it, in printed copy or in electronic form, whether explicit remarks or mere indignant exclamation marks and irritated circlings of errors. I’ll send it back, once I’ve stolen your good ideas, so that you may treasure it forever.
The plan — in your own work you know the usual fate of such plans! — is to proffer an improved MS to the Press in the spring of ‘08. What you have here is the version of early October, 2007, as complete as I could make it by then, submitted to give you plenty of time to look at it. I’ve tried to make the draft cohere so that you can see the argument and judge at least some of the evidence, but it’s early days yet, and Final Coherence, you know, is often achieved late. . . if at all. You will note that the coherence diminishes towards the end of the book: I have not quite gotten my thinking clear there. I have included The Voice of the Author from time to time, identified by this same type face, to keep straight the big and little jobs I need to do, and when in bold to offer promissory notes of various kinds, and to ask you questions directly.
I will continue after this submission working on the manuscript, discovering the many absurdities in it and trying to pay off a few of the numerous promissory notes. I suppose the basic argument of the book won’t change — you be the judge. I am open to persuasion. Really I am. Perhaps it is lunacy to argue that a rhetorical change was at the root of the industrial revolution, and of liberalism, and of all our joy, in which case you need to tell me, and just why. I know for sure that you will have many suggestions of books and articles I simply must read before I venture such a strange — yet hoary — argument.
But I do live in hope of an Easter resurrection, so I can move to Volumes 3 and 4 and complete the task for which I now believe my Anglican God put me on earth! Laus Deo.
How Capitalism Became Virtuous, 1300-1776
(Volume 2 of The Bourgeois Virtues)
Chapter 1. Ideology is Rhetoric
[fragmentary] Chapter 2. Elizabethan Drama Disdains the Bourgeoisie
Chapter 3. The Bourgeoisie Measures
[extremely fragmentary] Chapter 4. The New Values Were Triumphant…
Chapter 5. The Dutch Were Bourgeois
[fragmentary] Chapter 6. Precursors Were Ancient, But Impermanent
[mere beginning of] Chapter 7. How the British Got That Way
[mere beginning of] Chapter 8. The Literary Impulse: Defoe, Addison, Gay
[some notes for] Chapter 9. Bourgeois Life Came to be Philosophized around 1700
[mere proposal for] Chapter 10. French Theorists of the Bourgeoisie Admired Britain
[mere proposal for] Chapter 11. Adam Smith Shows Bourgeois Theory at Its Best
Chapter 12. Smith Was Last Great Virtue Ethicist
Chapter 13. Franklin Was Bourgeois, But Not Prudence Only
[mere title for] Chapter 14. Japan Theorized Dignity for the Bourgeoisie
[extended notes for] Chapter 15. Hobbesian Prudence is Not Sufficient
Chapter 16. The Left Should Acknowledge the Virtues
Chapter 17. But So Should the Right
[mere title and proposal for] Chapter 18. Prudence Only Does Not Work
Chapter 19. Modern Growth is a Factor of Fifteen
Chapter 20. It was Not Thrift, Original Accumulation, or the Protestant Ethic
[notes for] Chapter 21. Nationalism Was Not It
[notes for] Chapter 22. Foreign Trade Was Not It
Chapter 23. Material Causes are Rebutted
[beginnings of] Chapter 24. It Was Technical Change
(notes for) Chapter 25. Do We Need New Economic Models?
Chapter 26: Sweet Talk is How We Work
Chapter 27. Bourgeois Speech Acts
(mere title for) Chapter 28. Trust, Innovation, and the Business Cycle
Chapter 29. The New Institutional Economics is Not It: Against North & Co
Chapter 30. (beginnings of) The Bourgeois Revolutions and a Certain Freedom
Chapter 31. Bourgeois Europe
Notes to be distributed for the draft of Bourgeois Towns