A Short History of Political Economy in England, from Adam Smith to Arnold Toynbee

A Short History of Political Economy in England, from Adam Smith to Arnold Toynbee

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A Short History of Political Economy in England, from Adam Smith to Arnold Toynbee

A Short History of Political Economy in England, from Adam Smith to Arnold Toynbee

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In the following pages an attempt is made to give a short account of the History of Political Economy in England from Adam Smith to Arnold Toynbee. The history is not carried back beyond Adam Smith for a reason which is stated in the chapter upon that author, and it ends with Arnold Toynbee, because the work of writers who are still living is, it may be hoped, not yet fully completed. The death of one of the best known of those writers, Professor Thorold Rogers, whose work was so original and comprehensive in conception, and so industriously and exhaustively executed, that it is to be feared that even the labours of the greater part of a life-time have failed to complete it, occurred during the time when the history was being written.

The method which has been pursued by the writer has been, while endeavouring to mention every author of importance, to select for especial consideration in separate chapters those economists, whose writings have marked distinct and recognised stages in the development of economic knowledge; and, while noticing the main incidents of their lives, the circumstances under which their opinions were formed and expressed, and the character of their economic work generally, to concentrate special attention on that part which is either most usually associated with their . . .

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