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Lifelong Learning

'Banking in the Age of Jane Austen' Study Day Event

10:00 - 16:00
20 September 2014
Chawton House Library Chawton Alton Hampshire GU34 1SJ

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Event details

Jane Austen was born in 1775 as Adam Smith was preparing to publish ‘The Wealth of Nations’. She died in 1817, the year after a major financial crash, which involved the bankruptcy of dozens of businesses and banks, including the banks owned by her own brother, Henry. Her lifetime coincided with tumultuous years in the history of British finance, largely due to the long-running war with France and the constant fears of economic isolation, scarcity and insurrection at home.

Speakers will address the rise of paper money and financial malpractice, the transformation of the social landscape by modern capitalism, and Austen’s own insider knowledge of the changing world of banking. Her interest can be glimpsed in her letters, and references in her novels, in particular to the card game ‘Speculation’ most famously depicted in Mansfield Park, now in its 200th anniversary year.  There will be a demonstration of the game ‘Speculation’ and an opportunity to view the exhibition ‘Show Me the Money: the Image of Finance 1700 to the Present’ while touring Chawton House Library, an internationally-renowned research centre specialising in rare works by early women writers.

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