Riches and Poverty
An Intellectual History of Political Economy in Britain, 1750-1834
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Riches and Poverty by Donald Winch
Book DescriptionIn Riches and Poverty, Donald Winch explores the implications of a fundamental and influential idea in political economy. Adam Smith's science of the legislator provided a key to studying the rich and poor in commercial societies, transformed an ancient debate on luxury and inequality, and furnished a basis for assessing the American and French revolutions. Against this background, Britain embarked on its career as the first manufacturing nation, and Malthus made his first contributions to a debate which concluded with the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. Malthus provoked fierce opposition from the Lake poets, opening an intellectual rift that persisted throughout the nineteenth century and continues to influence our perceptions of cultural history. Donald Winch has written a compelling and consistently-argued narrative of these developments, which emphasises throughout the moral and political bearings of economic ideas.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521559201
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jan-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Donald Winch
Malthus: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (June 2013)
Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834) was an English cleric whose ideas on population and political economy have had a profound influence on modern economic thought. In this Very Short Introduction, Donald Winch considers the context in which Malthus wrote, examines why his work matters, and why it remains so controversial.
Wealth and Life, Paperback (February 2009)
The history of the intellectual pursuits that shaped the understanding of Britain as an industrial society.
Economic Advisory Council, 1930 -1939, Paperback (January 2008)» View all books by Donald Winch
The experience of the Economic Advisory Council provides the relevant policy background to the Keynesian revolution in economic theory.
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