A World of Public Debts: A Global Political History. Third Conference in Athens, Greece.

A World of Public Debts: A Global Political History

École française d’Athènes, 31 mai – 2 juin 2017

Organisée par Anastassios Anastassiadis (McGill-EFA), Nicolas Barreyre (Centre d’Études Nord Américaines, EHESS) et Nicolas Delalande (Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po)

Mercredi 31 mai 2017

15h-16h30 : Chapitres introductifs

Introduction: Noam Maggor

  • The Words of Public Debt: A Political Repertoire (Nicolas Barreyre, Nicolas Delalande, Etienne Peyrat)
  • Public Debts in the Long Run: Statistics and Politics in the Making (Eric Monnet & Adam Tooze)

17h-19h : Global Capital, Imperial Tensions, and Local Dynamics

Introduction: Alexia Yates

  • Latin America, Economic Development, and Imperial Competition (Juan Flores Zendejas)
  • Sovereignty and Capital: Public Debt in West Africa, 1871-1912 (Leigh Gardner)
  • Foreign Money, Regional Inequalities, and Political Instability in late Qing China (Dong Yan)
  • International Financial Controls, Sovereignty, and Imperialism in Egypt and Greece (Malak Labib & Tassos Anastassiadis)
  • To Tax or to Borrow? The Political Economy of Foreign Debt in the Late Ottoman Empire (Coşkun Tuncer)
  • The Local Politics of Public Debt: a Cross-Atlantic Perspective (Noam Maggor & Stephen Sawyer).

19h30 : Réception à l’École française d’Athènes

 

Jeudi 1er juin 2017

9h30-11h : Wars and Crises: The Fragmentation of the World Debt Regime

Introduction: Leigh Gardner

  • The Transnational and Imperial Dynamics of Financial Mobilization in the First World War (Nicolas Delalande).
  • State Power, Political Regimes and the Structures of the German Public Debt from Weimar to the Postwar Period (Stefanie Middendorf)
  • State Formation, Political Emancipation, and Financial Autonomy in Iraq and Syria from the Mandates to the Independences (Matthieu Rey)
  • A Communist World of Public Debt from 1917 to 1991: a Counter-Model? (Kristy Ironside & Étienne Peyrat)

11h30-13h : Back to the Markets?

Introduction: Stefanie Middendorf

  • From Regulated Debts to Financialization: India, France, and Argentina in Comparative Perspective (Anush Kapadia & Benjamin Lemoine)
  • The State as a Debt Manager: Italy, 1945-1990 (Alexander Nützenadel)
  • Sovereign Debt Crises and the Politics of International Institutions since the 1980s (Jérôme Sgard)
  • The 2008 Financial Crisis and the Public Debt Problem in Global Perspective (Adam Tooze)

13h-15h : Déjeuner dans les jardins de l’École

15h-16h30 : Public Debts in the Age of Revolutions

Introduction: Stephen Sawyer

  • An Empire without Debts? The Spanish Empire and the Colonial Realm (Regina Grafe)
  • Debts in Revolution: Citizenship and Political Economy in Late Eighteenth-Century France (Rebecca Spang)
  • The Politics of Debt: Government Borrowing, Political Regimes and State Formation in Scandinavia, 1760-1830 (Patrik Winton)
  • Global Politics and Local Lives: France’s Capital Exports in the Nineteenth Century (David Todd & Alexia Yates)

18h00-20h00 : « La démocratie grecque et l’Europe face à la crise de la dette »

Table ronde au Cercle Universitaire Kostis Palamas de l’Université d’Athènes, avec:

  • Nikos Alivizatos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
  • Kostas Kostis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
  • Dimitri Sotiropoulos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

            20h30 : Dîner au Cercle Universitaire

 

Vendredi 2 juin 2017

9h30-11h30 : Travaux en groupes

Répartition des participants en quatre groupes de travail et préparation des textes introductifs de chaque partie du livre collectif.

12h-13h : Restitution des travaux de groupe et discussion collective

14h30-16h30 : Table ronde sur le manuscrit

  • Maria-Christina Chatziioannou (National Hellenic Research Foundation)
  • Andreas Kakridis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
  • Socrates Petmezas (University of Crete)

20h : Dîner

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Un monde de dettes. Une histoire politique et globale de la dette publique aux XIXe et XXe siècles. Séminaire de travail 2017

Séminaire coordonné par Nicolas Barreyre, Nicolas Delalande et Étienne Peyrat

Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po / Centre d’Études Nord-Américaines (EHESS)

 

Vendredi 27 janvier 2017

10h30-12h30 : Jérôme Sgard (Sciences Po), « Sovereign Debt Crises and the Politics of International Institutions since the 1980s ».

14h30-16h30 : Noam Maggor (Cornell University), Steve Sawyer (American University of Paris), « The Local Politics of Public Debt: a Cross-Atlantic Perspective ».

Vendredi 3 février 2017, 14h30-16h30

Regina Grafe (EUI), « An Empire of Debts: The Spanish Empire and the Colonial Realm ».

Vendredi 17 mars 2017, 14h-17h

Tassos Anastassiadis (Ecole Française d’Athènes), Malak Labib (American University in Cairo), « International Financial Controls, Sovereignty, and Imperialism in Egypt and Greece».

Vendredi 24 mars 2017

13h30-15h : Rebecca Spang (Indiana University), « Debts in Revolution: Citizenship and Political Economy in Late Eighteenth-Century France ».

15h30-17h : Juan Flores (Université de Genève), « Latin America, Economic Development, and Imperial Competition ».

Vendredi 31 mars 2017, 14h30-16h30

David Todd (King’s College) et Alexia Yates (University of Manchester), « Global Politics and Local Lives: France’s Capital Exports in the Nineteenth Century ».

Les séances auront lieu au bâtiment de l’EHESS, 105 boulevard Raspail, salle 12.

Inscriptions préalables requises : etienne.peyrat@sciencespo.fr

A WORLD OF DEBTS: THE GLOBAL POLITICS OF PUBLIC DEBTS FROM THE LATE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY Paris Workshop, 7-9 June 2016

TUESDAY 7 JUNE

 Room H 402 (28, rue des Saints-Pères – fourth floor)

 

13.15-14     Welcome & Introduction

14-15.30       Session 1: Local Dynamics and Global Perspectives

« The Local Politics of Public Debt: a Cross-Atlantic Perspective » (Noam Maggor & Stephen Sawyer).

« The State as a Debt Manager: Italy, 1945-1990 »  (Alexander Nützenadel)

« The Transnational and Imperial Dynamics of Financial Mobilization in the First World War » (Nicolas Delalande)

Discussant: Romain Huret (EHESS)

15.30-16       Coffee Break

16-17.30       Session 2: The Politics of Financial Sovereignty

« Latin America, Economic Development, and Imperial Competition » (Juan Flores Zendejas)

« Sovereignty and Capital: Public Debt in West Africa, 1871-1912 » (Leigh Gardner)

Discussant: Annick Lempérière (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

WEDNESDAY 8 JUNE

Room Jean Monnet (56, rue Jacob ; ground floor)

8.30                Breakfast

9-10.30           Session 3 : Public Debts in Words and Numbers

« The Words of Public Debt: A Political Repertoire » (N. Barreyre, N. Delalande, E. Peyrat)

« Public Debts in the Long Run: Statistics and Politics in the Making » (Eric Monnet & Adam Tooze)

10.30-11         Coffee Break

11-12.30      Cluster Brainstorming 

12.30-14         Lunch

14-15.30        Session 4 : Political Legitimacy and International Borrowing

« The Politics of Debt. Government Borrowing, Political Regimes and State Formation in Scandinavia, 1760-1830 » (Patrik Winton)

« The 2008 Financial Crisis and the Public Debt Problem in Global Perspective » (Adam Tooze)

Discussant: Jérôme Sgard (Sciences Po)

15.30-16         Coffee Break

16-17.30         Session 5 : Funding the State With or Without the Market

« State Power, Political Regimes and the Structuration of Public Debt in Germany from Weimar to the Postwar Period » (Stefanie Middendorf)

« From Regulated Debts to Financialization: India, France, and Argentina in Comparative Perspective » (Anush Kapadia & Benjamin Lemoine, by Skype)

Discussant: Mathieu Fulla (Sciences Po)

19.30               Dinner

THURSDAY 9 JUNE

Room Jean Monnet (56, rue Jacob – groundfloor)

8.30                Breakfast

9-10.30           Session 6 : Global Chains and Imperial Power

« Global Politics and Local Lives: France’s Capital Exports in the Nineteenth Century » (David Todd & Alexia Yates)

« European Capital in the Mediterranean: International Financial Controls, Sovereignty, and Imperialism in Egypt and Greece » (Malak Labib & Tassos Anastassiadis)

« To Tax or to Borrow? The Political Economy of Foreign Debt in the Ottoman Empire » (Coşkun Tuncer, by Skype)

Discussant: Jakob Vogel (Sciences Po)

10.30-11         Coffee Break

11-12.30         Session 7 : The Multiple Scales of Debt

« Foreign Capital, Regional Inequalities, and Political Instability in Late Qing China » (Dong Yan)

« A Communist World of Public Debt from 1917 to 1991: a Counter-Model? » (Kristy Ironside & Étienne Peyrat)

Discussant: David Priestland (Oxford University)

12.30-14         Lunch

14-15.30         Session 8: State Building and Financial Reform

« State Formation, Political Emancipation, and Financial Autonomy in Iraq and Syria from the Mandates to the Independences » (Matthieu Rey)

« How the IMF Did It — Sovereign Debt Restructuring Between 1970 and 1989 » (Jérôme Sgard)

Discussant: Mario Del Pero (Sciences Po)

15.30-16          Coffee Break

16-17.30         Session 9: States at War and Capital Mobilization

« Fiscal Absolutism in Turmoil: Remaking the French Rentes during the Revolution »  (Katia Béguin)

« The British Public Debt, the State, and Financial Capitalism, 1640-1830 » (D’Maris Coffman)

Discussant: Charles Walton (University of Warwick/IEA de Paris)

Information and registration: etienne.peyrat@sciencespo.fr

Un monde de dettes. Une histoire politique et globale de la dette publique aux XIXe et XXe siècles. Séminaire de travail 2015-2016

Séminaire coordonné par Nicolas Barreyre, Nicolas Delalande et Étienne Peyrat

Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po / Centre d’Études Nord-Américaines (EHESS)

 

Vendredi 4 décembre 2015, 15h-17h

D’Maris Coffman (UCL), «The British Public Debt, the State, and Financial Capitalism (1640-1830) ».

Vendredi 11 décembre 2015, 15h-17h

Etienne Peyrat (Sciences Po) : « Les pays socialistes et la dette publique au 20e siècle : définitions et enjeux »

Vendredi 15 janvier 2016, 15h-17h

Juan Flores (Université de Genève), « On the Origins and Consequences of Latin America’s First Debt Crisis ».

Vendredi 22 janvier 2016, 15h-17h

Leigh Gardner (London School of Economics), « Colonialism or supersanctions? Managing sovereign risk in Sierra Leone and Liberia, 1871-1914 ».

Discutant : Matthieu Rey (Collège de France)

Vendredi 29 janvier 2016, 15h-17h

Alexander Nützenadel (Humboldt Universität), « The Political Economy of Public Debts. Lessons from Italy since the late 19th century ».

Mercredi 17 février 2016, 15h-17h

Benjamin Lemoine (CNRS), « The Politics of Public Debt Techniques. (Re)Inventing the Market for French Sovereign Bonds and Shaping the Public Debt Problem (1966‒2012) ».

Discutant : Anush Kapadia (City University London)

Vendredi 11 mars 2016, 15h-17h

Katia Béguin (EHESS), « La « routine usée » des emprunts : le système financier d’Ancien Régime entre ses réformes et la refonte révolutionnaire ».

 

Lieu :

  • Les séances de décembre auront lieu au bâtiment de l’EHESS, 105 boulevard Raspail : salle 12 pour le 4 décembre et salle 10 pour le 11 décembre.
  • Séances de 2016 : Les séances auront lieu en salle Jean Monnet, dans le bâtiment du Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po (56, rue Jacob), à l’exception de la séance du 17 février, qui se tiendra dans la salle de l’Ecole doctorale de Sciences Po (199 boulevard Saint-Germain).

Inscriptions préalables requises : etienne.peyrat@sciencespo.fr

Conference « The Global Politics of Public Debts, from the Late Eighteenth Century » (June 11-12, 2015)

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Convened by Nicolas Barreyre (EHESS-CENA), Nicolas Delalande (Centre for History at Sciences Po) and Alexia Yates (CRASSH, University of Cambridge)

June 11-12, 2015

Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge (UK)

Venue: The Parlour, First Court, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge

http://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/uploads/Maps_Layouts/CollegeMapfullsize.jpg

 

Note: names followed by * indicate participants who will send a paper but will not be able to be present during discussions.

 

June 11, 2015

 9:30-10am: Welcome / coffee

 10-11am: Introduction—Questions, Approaches, Objectives

  • Alexia Yates, Nicolas Delalande, Nicolas Barreyre

11am-12:45pm: Public Credit and Political Regimes

Discussant: Pedro Ramos Pinto (University of Cambridge)

Discussion on the papers by:

  • Patrik Winton (Uppsala Universitet). “Global Capital in Scandinavia: The Political Economy of Government Borrowing in Denmark and Sweden, 1760-1815”
  • Katia Béguin* (EHESS). “A New Regime for the French Public Debt? The Deterrent Effect of the Past and the English Model” (cancelled)
  • Stefanie Middendorf (Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg). “State Effects: The Public Debt and the Change of Political Regimes in Germany, 1918-1938”
  • Matthieu Rey (Collège de France). “Debts and Taxation: Building Economic Sovereignty in Iraq and Syria (1946-1952)”

1-2pm: lunch

2-3:45pm: Debt, Money, and Taxation

Discussant: Martin Daunton (University of Cambridge)

Discussion on the papers by:

  • Stephen Sawyer (American University of Paris). “Make Money Not War: Taxation and Debt in the Fiscal Revolution of the 1870s”
  • Alexander Nützenadel* (Humboldt Universität). “The Road to Indebtedness? Fiscal Policy and Debt Management in Italy from the Nineteenth Century”
  • Anush Kapadia (City University London). “India’s Fiscal-Monetary Machine: Construction and Overheating, c. 1966-1991”
  • Éric Monnet (Banque de France). “Blurring the Lines between Monetary and Fiscal Financing of Public Debt after World War II: The French Case in European Perspective”

3:45-4:15pm: coffee break

4:15-6pm: Financial Citizenship and Domestic Debts

Discussant: Adam Tooze (Yale University)

Discussion on the papers by:

  • Alexia Yates (University of Cambridge). “Reason and Imagination: The Lottery Bond and the Culture of Public Debt in Nineteenth-Century France”
  • Noam Maggor (Tel Aviv University / University of Pennsylvania). “Austerity, Democracy, and the Subnational Politics of Market Integration in the United States (Late Nineteenth Century)”
  • Juan Flores* (Université de Genève). “Latin America’s Domestic Debt Markets in the Late Nineteenth Century: A Missed Opportunity?”
  • Kristy Ironside (Higher School of Economics, Moscow). “‘Compulsory-Voluntary’: Soviet State Bonds and the Boundary Between Taxes and Investments”

7pm: Dinner for Participants

 

June 12, 2015

9-10:45am: International Lending and Contested Sovereignties

Discussant: David Todd (King’s College London)

Discussion on the papers by:

  • Ali Coskun Tuncer (UCL). “‘Sultan’s Wisdom’: Debt, Default and Control in the Ottoman Empire, 1854-1914”
  • Malak Labib (Aix-Marseille Université). “Redefining the Public Realm: Debt Restructuring, ‘Political Reform’ and Imperial Expansion in Egypt (1875-1882)”
  • Anastassios Anastassiadis (McGill University). “The (Un)Bearable Lightness of Limited Sovereignty? Debt, International Control and State Formation in Greece, 1857-1927”
  • James T. Sparrow* (University of Chicago). “Sovereign Debt: The Mass Politics of Bretton Woods and American Extraterritorial Governance after World War II”

10:45-11:15am: coffee break

11:15am-1pm: The Political Economy of Public Debts

Discussant: Duncan Needham (University of Cambridge)

Discussion on the papers by:

  • D’Maris Coffman (University College London). “Who Really Paid and Why? Revisiting the Thorny Question of the Economic Incidence of Excise Taxation in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Britain”
  • Dong Yan (UCLA). “Chinese Public Credit, 1870-1910: Effects on Regional and Social Inequality”
  • Adam Tooze (Yale University). “Politics in a Time of Debt: Affluence and Deficits in the West, 1970-2014”
  • Benjamin Lemoine* (CNRS). “How the State Became a Regular Borrower: The Treasury and the Commodification of French Sovereign Bonds (1960-2012)”

1-2pm: lunch

2-4:30pm: Conclusion: Collective Discussion on Our Collaborative Work and Book Project

Final discussion amongst participants will be held in CRIPPS 3, Magdalene College:

http://conference.magd.cam.ac.uk/find-us

 

With the support of:

  • “Emergences” Program, City of Paris
  • Centre for History and Economics, University of Cambridge
  • Labex TEPSIS
  • Mondes Américains (EHESS-CNRS)
  • Trevelyan Fund, History Department, University of Cambridge
  • Economic History Society