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dc.contributor.authorBulstrode, Jennyen
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-18T00:30:09Z
dc.date.available2018-12-18T00:30:09Z
dc.date.issued2018-09-01en
dc.identifier.issn0073-2753
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/287011
dc.description.abstractIn the stores of the British Museum are three exquisite springs, made in the late 1820s and 1830s, to regulate the most precise timepieces in the world. Barely the thickness of a hair, they are exquisite because they are made entirely of glass. Combining new documentary evidence, funded by the Antiquarian Horological Society, with the first technical analysis of the springs, undertaken in collaboration with the British Museum, the research presented here uncovers their extraordinary significance to the global extension of nineteenth century capitalism through the repeal of the Corn Laws. In the 1830s and 1840s the Astronomer Royal, George Biddell Airy; the Hydrographer to the Admiralty, Francis Beaufort; and the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel, collaborated with the virtuoso chronometer-maker, Edward John Dent, to mobilize the specificity of particular forms of glass, the salience of the Glass Tax, and the significance of state standards, as means to reform. These protagonists looked to glass and its properties to transform the fiscal military state into an exquisitely regulated machine with the appearance of automation and the gloss of the free-trade liberal ideal. Surprising but significant connections, linking Newcastle mobs to tales of Cinderella and the use of small change, demonstrate why historians must attend to materials and how such attention exposes claims to knowledge, the interests behind such claims, and the impact they have had upon the design and architecture of the modern world. Through the pivotal role of glass, this paper reveals the entangled emergence of state and market capitalism, and how the means of production was transformed in vitreous proportions.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was generously supported by a grant from the Antiquarian Horological Society, and an Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award.
dc.languageengen
dc.publisherSAGE Publishing
dc.subjectCalibrationen
dc.subjectCorn Lawsen
dc.subjectchronometeren
dc.subjectcommutation of tithesen
dc.subjectfree tradeen
dc.subjectglassen
dc.subjectmaterialityen
dc.subjectpolitical economyen
dc.subjectstandardsen
dc.subjecttaxen
dc.titleRiotous assemblage and the materials of regulation.en
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage313
prism.issueIdentifier3en
prism.publicationDate2018en
prism.publicationNameHistory of Scienceen
prism.startingPage278
prism.volume56en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.34321
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-04-05en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1177/0073275318776187en
rioxxterms.versionAM
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-09-01en
dc.contributor.orcidBulstrode, Jenny [0000-0002-9251-1355]
dc.identifier.eissn1753-8564
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
pubs.funder-project-idAHRC (1517136)
cam.issuedOnline2018-06-18en
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2019-06-18


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