By D. D. Raphael, Donald Winch, Robert Skidelsky
Great Economists contains studies of three of the most influential economic theorists: Smith, whose masterpiece of economic theory, The Wealth of Nations, advocated free trade; Malthus, whose polemical first Essay on Population generated more misunderstanding and personal vilification than any comparable figure in the history of social and political thought; and Keynes, a central thinker of the twentieth century, whose doctrines continue to inspire strong feelings in admirers and detractors alike. Providing unmatched background information for readers and students of economics, philosophy, sociology, and politics, Great Economists is the only volume to bring together texts on the three most important economists of all time. It also includes the only short introduction to Keynes's life and work available. A Foreword by Sir Keith Thomas and a comprehensive Index and Notes section further illuminate the theories of these three leading figures in economic thought.