This special issue presents a number of studies by young scholars in the history of eighteenth-century Italian political thought, a field that was put on the map in the second half of the twentieth century by the efforts of Franco Venturi. By taking up the theme of commerce and morality, the articles published here follow in the footsteps of Venturi, but take his project of construing a ‘political history of ideas’ in a new direction.

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Stapelbroek, K. (2005). Commerce and morality in eighteenth-century Italian political thought. History of European Ideas, 1–7. Retrieved from