The Bubble Project - BP

[RecommendedSite] [graphic] From "The Bubblers Medley, "Thomas Bowles (1720)


The Bubble Project (BP) is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research initiative on the subject of the South Sea Bubble (SSB), the 1720 English episode in what might be called the first great international financial crisis (i.e., the SSB follows upon the collapse of Law's Mississippi scheme in France). The BP involves a team of scholars who analyze various aspects of the "Bubble," under the broad areas of cultural history, popular art and social psychology.


There are two main objectives of the project: 1) to disseminate the results of the research to a scholarly audience in a series of essays, some of which have already appeared (click here for information); and 2) to produce a WWW-package for broader educational purposes.

Sketch of Main Events:

Click here for a five-page historical sketch of the main events.

The BP intends to reverse the position held by many that the SSB did not attract much direct attention from the arts, and to document the cultural history that accompanies what might be called one of the most important, but least understood, events in modern Western civilization.

Secondary Bibliography

Hogarth's "Emblematical Print on the South Sea"

Related Links:

The BP originated at Dalhousie University in 1994. For more information, follow the links above or contact the Coordinator.

Bubble Project (BP) Coordinator / David McNeil
Last Updated, Febrary 10, 2018