Eighteenth Century Economics: Turgot, Beccaria and Smith and Their Contemporaries

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Preface

There comes a time in life when past work can be reviewed with an eye to making it accessible in a new form. My long academic career in the history of economics makes me think that this might well be the case with my essays in this field, contributed over four decades to academic journals, books and conference proceedings. The contents of the material here reprinted is discussed in detail in the subsequent Prelude, together with my reasons for choosing them for inclusion. My Acknowledgments convey my thanks to former publishers and those who assisted with this publication. However, I might here take the opportunity to offer a general thanks to my teachers in the history of economics, formal and informal. Their specific contributions are generally indicated in an appropriate footnote. However, their willingness to comment on material in draft, occasionally from someone whom they had never met, is praiseworthy. It indicates one type of unpaid work many academics are willing to do in the advancement of their discipline. This is one of the many joys of academic life that needs regular celebration.

Long may this tradition continue.

Peter Groenewegen

The University of Sydney

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