The book studies the origins and evolution of economic textbooks in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, up to the turning point represented by Paul Samuelson’s Economics (1948), which became the template for all the textbooks of the postwar period. The case studies included in the book cover a large part of Europe, the British Commonwealth, the United States and Japan. Each chapter examines various types of textbooks, from those aimed at self-education to those addressed to university students, secondary school students, to the short manuals aimed at the popularisation of political economy among workers and the middle classes. An introductory chapter examines this phenomenon in a comparative and transnational perspective.
"…it focuses on the kinds of books which were long ingnored as unworthy of investigation: textbooks and manuals…The Economic Reader represents a welcome attempt to bring such books back into the light" - Christopher Stray, European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2013
Foreward 1. The Making of an Economic Reader: The Dissemination of Economics Through Textbooks Massimo M. Augello and Marco E. L. Guidi 2. Economic Manuals and Textbooks in Great Britain and the British Empire, 1797-1938 Keith Tribe 3. Cours, Leçons, Manuels, Précis and Traités: Teaching Political Economy in Nineteenth-Century France 4. Economic Textbooks in the German Language Area Harald Hagemann and Matthias Rösch 5. Educating the Nation: Textbooks and Manuals of Political Economy in Italy, 1815-1922 Massimo M. Augello and Marco E. L. Guidi 6. Teaching, Spreading and Preaching: Textbooks of Political Economy in Spain, 1779-1936 Salvador Aimenar 7. Textbooks and the Teaching of Political Economy in Portugal 1759-1910 José Luis Cardoso and Antonio Almodovar 8. 'A Powerful Instrument of Progress' Economic Textbooks in Belgium, 1830-1925 Guido Erreygers and Maartin Van Dijck 9. From Ruminators to Pioneers: Dutch Economics Textbooks and their Authors in the Ninteteenth and Early Twentieth Century Ewert Schoorl and Henk Plasmeijer 10. Political Economy Textbooks and Manuals and the Roots of the Scandinavian Model Johan Lönnroth 11. The Emergence of the Economic Science of Japan and the Evolution of Textbooks 1860s-1930s Tamotsu Nishizawa 12. The Evolution of US Economics Textbooks David Colander