The Classical School: The Turbulent Birth of Economics  in Twenty Extraordinary Lives (Hardback)
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The Classical School: The Turbulent Birth of Economics in Twenty Extraordinary Lives (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 23/04/2020
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Lively, entertaining and accessible, Williams’s biographical guide to the history of economics brings dry theory to life through the personalities of its practitioners. Offering clear and succinct portraits of twenty economic thinkers and their theories, The Classical School is the perfect primer in this essential topic.

Opinions vary about who really counts as a classical economist: Marx thought it was everyone up to Ricardo. Keynes thought it was everyone up to Keynes. But there's a general agreement about who belongs to the heroic early phase of the discipline.

Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Malthus, Mill, Marx: scarcely a day goes by without their names being publicly invoked to celebrate or criticise the state of the world or the actions of governments. Few of us, though, have read their works. Fewer still realise that the economies that many of them were analysing were quite unlike our modern one, or the extent to which they were indebted to one another.

So join the Economist's Callum Williams to join the dots. See how the modern edifice of economics was built, brick by brick, from their ideas and quarrels. And find out which parts stand the test of time.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788161817
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 576 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 31 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A crash course in the lives and ideas of thinkers-from Marx to Malthus-that everyone has heard of and a lively briefing on people, like Sismondi and Naoroji, that deserve to be better known. Succinct, critical, and entertaining.' - Richard Davies author of Extreme Economies 

'Short, punchy, and very well-written ... a terrific read.' - Kevin O'Rourke author of A Short History of Brexit 

'These lively essays ... are consistently insightful and manage to make complex ideas clear.' - David Miles author of Macroeconomics 

'This sometimes eclectic collection of economists gives a sense of the turbulent start of the economics field. Written with a journalist's attention to colour and quotations, The Classical School is an entertaining read.' - Linda Yueh, Economist 

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