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History of Economics




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Adam Smith: A Very Short Introduction


Christopher J. Berry

October 2018

Very Short Introductions

Today Adam Smith, author of the Wealth of Nations, is associated with the promotion of self-interest and a defence of greed. Yet if Smith is actually read this is more a caricature than a faithful portrait. Berry offers a balanced and nuanced view of this seminal thinker, set against contemporary European history, politics, and philosophy.

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Poverty: A Very Short Introduction


Philip N. Jefferson

July 2018

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This Very Short Introduction considers who the poor are, where they live, what their lives are like, and what obstacles or barriers they face. Looking at the complex issues that cause the prevalence, depth, and severity of poverty to vary across countries and over time, it considers possible future solutions.

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Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street


Tomas Sedlacek, Vaclav Havel

November 2013

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Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction


Robert C. Allen

September 2011

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The gap between the rich and the poor can be vast. Robert C. Allen considers the main factors that contribute to this gap, looking at the interconnections between economic growth, culture, technology, and income distribution. Exploring the historical processes that have created the unequal world of today, he takes a global look at wealth worldwide.

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Keynes: A Very Short Introduction


Robert Skidelsky

October 2010

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John Maynard Keynes was one of the most influential economists of the twentieth century. His ideas have had a central influence on many of areas of economics used today, both in theory and practice. In this Very Short Introduction Lord Robert Skidelsky looks at Keynes's life, his philosophy, his theories, and the legacy he left behind.

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