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The Myths of the South Sea Bubble

Julian Hoppit
Transactions of the Royal Historical Society
Vol. 12 (2002), pp. 141-165
Published by: Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Royal Historical Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3679343
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

The South Sea Bubble of 1720 looms large in popular depictions of eighteenth-century Britain. But in many respects it is seriously misunderstood. This article begins by exploring mythic 'facts' about the events of 1720, but is also concerned to explore why the Bubble was mythologised long after the event. On several levels, therefore, the Bubble has itself been bubbled.

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