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British Economists and the Empire

1st Edition

By John Cunningham Wood


318 pages

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This study, first published in 1983, is primarily concerned with what the British economists over the period 1860 to 1914 wrote on a range of economic and non-economic aspects of the British Empire, and the reasons for their conclusions. The attempt is also made to correct the view that mainstream British economists after 1860 were antithetical to the concept of empire. This title will be of interest to students of economic thought.

Table of Contents

Part One: Introduction; 1. Introduction 2. Classical Economists and the Empire, 1776-1860 3. The Economic Stage, 1860-1914; Part Two: The Shadow of J S Mill: The 1860s Economists; 4. J S Mill’s Critics: Goldwin Smith and J E T Rogers 5. J S Mill’s Admirers: J E Cairnes and Henry Fawcett; Part Three: Mainstream Economics, 1870-1914; 6. Economic Orthodoxy: W S Jevons, Henry Sidgwick and Alfred Marshall 7. The Classical Tradition: J S Nicholson and the Rehabilitation of Adam Smith: Sir Robert Giffen, Master Statistician J S Nicholson ; Part Four: Alternatives to Orthodox Economics; 8. William James Ashley and William Cunningham: English Economic Historians William James Ashley 9. W A S Hewins: The Self-Acclaimed Imperialist 10. J A Hobson: The Self-Confessed Heretic; Part Five: Conclusion; 11. Conclusion; Select Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The History of Economic Thought

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1925 and 1990, draw together research by leading academics in the area of the history of economic thought. The volumes encompass many different schools of economic thought, with a focus on individual economic thinkers such as Friedrich Hayek, Adam Smith and Piero Sraffa. This set will be of interest to students of economics, particularly students of the history of economic thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory