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The Great Crash 1929

The Great Crash 1929

Author: John Kenneth Galbraith, James K. Galbraith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

John Kenneth Galbraith, one of America's foremost economists, follows the incredible economic rise and fall that lead to the great crash of 1929 No account of the financial insanity of 1929 has been issued in a form at once so readable, so humorous, and so carefully authenticated as this classic book. J.K. Galbraith examines the 'gold rush fantasy' in American psychology and describes its dire consequences. The Florida land boom, the operations of Insull, Kreuger and Hatry, and the fabulous Shenandoah Corporation all come together in this penetrating study of concerted human greed and folly. From the cold figures of Wall Street the author wrenches a truly human drama.

The Japanese Economy

The Japanese Economy

Author: Craig (Macquarie University, Australia) Freedman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This textbook offers an accessible guide to the modern Japanese economy by examining how Japan developed from a defeated and destitute country following World War II to a dominant economic power in the 1980s and then a persistently troubled economy beginning in the 1990s. Craig Freedman, an experienced teacher and scholar of economics, provides students with an understanding of the Japanese economy works and how to employ economic reasoning to analyse the specifics of any economy. Part I explains how specific economies can be fruitfully analysed and understood and will outline what is different about the Japanese economy in terms of structure and institutions. Part II explains how government policy shaped the economy toward the goal of a low risk, middle class society and fostered rapid, 'miracle' growth in the post war period. It also examines the way in which this policy led to an inability to move the economy out of its extended slump in the last two decades. Part III then looks at the supply or production side of the Japanese economy focusing on the key markets and organizations that formed the basis of the Japanese economy. Finally, Part IV looks at parallel developments in South Korea and China and examines how these countries attempted to adapt the Japanese model to their local differences, needs and objectives. Featuring suggestions for further reading, end of chapter study questions, boxed case studies and a glossary of key terms, The Japanese Economy is an essential textbook for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the Japanese economy or East Asian economies more generally.

Mendeleev and the Economics of Russian Protectionism

Mendeleev and the Economics of Russian Protectionism

Author: Vincent (University of Birmingham, UK) Barnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

D.I. Mendeleev (1834-1907) is undoubtedly Russia's most famous scientist and one of the world's most famous chemists from any period. He is known and respected internationally as the inventor of the periodic table of elements and as a pioneer in the understanding of the nature of chemical periodicity, but what is far less recognised is that he was also a major economist and policy-maker who had a profound influence on Russian development strategy in the latter part of the nineteenth century. A key figure behind the development of the 1891 tariff in Russia, Mendeleev promoted protectionist ideas in many of his economic and political writings, and campaigned actively and successfully for the translation of such sentiment into concrete policies. The author of numerous works in the field of economics, Mendeleev had a significant role in designing government economic policies, and his personal involvement in various aspects of economic and agricultural life in Russia was ongoing and deeply felt. Despite this mass of activity and his body of work, there has so far been no book-length study in English of Mendeleev's economics both as theory and as policy. Including, for the first time, the the translation from Russian into English of several important segments of Mendeleev's writings on economics, this volume will break new ground in its exploration of Mendeleev's economic thought, and of the relationship between this and his work on theoretical chemistry. In doing so, the book will not only illuminate scholarly understanding of this important scientist and the Russia of his time, but also offers insights that are relevant to contemporary debates on free trade.

The Economy of Classical Athens

The Economy of Classical Athens

Author: Kirsty Shipton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Money and Politics

Money and Politics

Author: Giulio (Wesleyan University, USA) Gallarotti Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This new book is the first chronicle of how domestic politics (in the form of the guardian state) has shaped the monetary landscape from the time of the emergence of an international monetary system in the late 19th century, to the present day. Since the emergence of an international monetary system under the classical gold standard in the late-19th century, the landscape defining monetary relations and diplomacy has reflected a fundamental sensitivity to the structures and processes comprising domestic politics. Various influential histories of monetary relations proclaim the influence of domestic politics, whilst others attest to the power of domestic politics in a more restricted historical period. While these and other conventional monetary histories underscore the influence of domestic political forces in shaping monetary history, none has chronicled the precise process of this influence over the history of the international monetary system: 1880- present. The book provides many lessons from which implications can be drawn about an important issue in international economic relations: the present state and problems of the global monetary system and the possibilities for monetary cooperation.

The Japanese Economy

The Japanese Economy

Author: Craig (Macquarie University, Australia) Freedman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This textbook offers an accessible guide to the modern Japanese economy by examining how Japan developed from a defeated and destitute country following World War II to a dominant economic power in the 1980s and then a persistently troubled economy beginning in the 1990s. Craig Freedman, an experienced teacher and scholar of economics, provides students with an understanding of the Japanese economy works and how to employ economic reasoning to analyse the specifics of any economy. Part I explains how specific economies can be fruitfully analysed and understood and will outline what is different about the Japanese economy in terms of structure and institutions. Part II explains how government policy shaped the economy toward the goal of a low risk, middle class society and fostered rapid, 'miracle' growth in the post war period. It also examines the way in which this policy led to an inability to move the economy out of its extended slump in the last two decades. Part III then looks at the supply or production side of the Japanese economy focusing on the key markets and organizations that formed the basis of the Japanese economy. Finally, Part IV looks at parallel developments in South Korea and China and examines how these countries attempted to adapt the Japanese model to their local differences, needs and objectives. Featuring suggestions for further reading, end of chapter study questions, boxed case studies and a glossary of key terms, The Japanese Economy is an essential textbook for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the Japanese economy or East Asian economies more generally.

Women's Economic Thought in the Romantic Age

Women's Economic Thought in the Romantic Age

Author: Joanna (University of Giessen, Germany) Rostek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2020

This book examines the writings of seven English women economists from the period 1735-1811. It reveals that contrary to what standard accounts of the history of economic thought suggest, eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century women intellectuals were undertaking incisive and gender-sensitive analyses of the economy. Women's Economic Thought in the Romantic Age argues that established notions of what constitutes economic enquiry, topics, and genres of writing have for centuries marginalised the perspectives and experiences of women and obscured the knowledge they recorded in novels, memoirs, or pamphlets. This has led to an underrepresentation of women in the canon of economic theory. Using insights from literary studies, cultural studies, gender studies, and feminist economics, the book develops a transdisciplinary methodology that redresses this imbalance and problematises the distinction between literary and economic texts. In its in-depth readings of selected writings by Sarah Chapone, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Hays, Mary Robinson, Priscilla Wakefield, Mary Ann Radcliffe, and Jane Austen, this book uncovers the originality and topicality of their insights on the economics of marriage, women and paid work, and moral economics. Combining historical analysis with conceptual revision, Women's Economic Thought in the Romantic Age retrieves women's overlooked intellectual contributions and radically breaks down the barriers between literature and economics. It will be of interest to researchers and students from across the humanities and social sciences, in particular history of economic thought, English literary and cultural studies, gender studies, economics, eighteenth-century and Romantic studies, social history, and history of ideas.

Women's Economic Thought in the Romantic Age

Women's Economic Thought in the Romantic Age

Author: Joanna (University of Giessen, Germany) Rostek Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2020

This book examines the writings of seven English women economists from the period 1735-1811. It reveals that contrary to what standard accounts of the history of economic thought suggest, eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century women intellectuals were undertaking incisive and gender-sensitive analyses of the economy. Women's Economic Thought in the Romantic Age argues that established notions of what constitutes economic enquiry, topics, and genres of writing have for centuries marginalised the perspectives and experiences of women and obscured the knowledge they recorded in novels, memoirs, or pamphlets. This has led to an underrepresentation of women in the canon of economic theory. Using insights from literary studies, cultural studies, gender studies, and feminist economics, the book develops a transdisciplinary methodology that redresses this imbalance and problematises the distinction between literary and economic texts. In its in-depth readings of selected writings by Sarah Chapone, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Hays, Mary Robinson, Priscilla Wakefield, Mary Ann Radcliffe, and Jane Austen, this book uncovers the originality and topicality of their insights on the economics of marriage, women and paid work, and moral economics. Combining historical analysis with conceptual revision, Women's Economic Thought in the Romantic Age retrieves women's overlooked intellectual contributions and radically breaks down the barriers between literature and economics. It will be of interest to researchers and students from across the humanities and social sciences, in particular history of economic thought, English literary and cultural studies, gender studies, economics, eighteenth-century and Romantic studies, social history, and history of ideas.

Poverty in the History of Economic Thought

Poverty in the History of Economic Thought

Author: Mats (Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden) Lundahl Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/12/2020

Poverty in the History of Economic Thought: From Mercantilism to Neoclassical Economics aims to describe and critically examine how economic thought deals with poverty and the poor, including its causes, consequences, reduction, and abolition. This edited volume traces the economic ideas of key writers and schools of thought across a significant period, ranging from Adam Smith and Malthus, through to Wicksell, Cassel, and Heckscher. The chapters relate poverty to income distribution, asserting the point that poverty is not always conceived of in absolute terms but that relative and social deprivation matters also. Furthermore, the contributors deal with both individual poverty and the poverty of nations in the context of international economy. In providing such a thorough exploration, this book shows that the approach to poverty differs from economist to economist depending on their particular interests and the main issues related to poverty in each epoch, as well as the influence of the intellectual climate that prevailed at the time when the contribution was made. This key text is valuable reading for advanced students and researchers of the history of economic thought, economic development, and the economics of poverty.

How the West Grew Rich

How the West Grew Rich

Author: Nathan Rosenberg, L. E., Jr. Birdzell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/12/2020

How did the West - Europe and later North America - escape from the timeless cycle of hunger and hardship into sustained economic growth and prosperity? Why did industrialization first take place in the West? Why did the West leave the rest of the world behind? These are still questions that arouse enormous controversy: the Western economic miracle has been explained by everything form slavery to science.Now in this important and provocative new book, Nathan Rosenberg and L E Birdzell reevaluate the course of Western history from the Middle Ages to the present. They present a strong case for attributing the West's unparalleled wealth and prosperity to the break-up of centralized political and religious controls. This they argue, resulted directly in rapid economic development by allowing small enterprises t make their own choices with regard to innovation - whether in the technical or organizational field, or in the extension of trade. The key themes in this exciting reinterpretation o the complex reciprocal relationship between science, technology and the market place an autonomy, experiment and diversity.The author's conclusions challenge many assumptions about the sources of Western economic strength, including recent theories in which mass production and the modern corporation are given instrumental roles. The issue of the West' lead over the rest of the world is as relevant today as it has ever been. This book is a significant contribution to the continuing debate.

North America

North America

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2020

First published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

John R. Commons: Selected Essays

John R. Commons: Selected Essays

Author: Malcolm (University of Victoria, Canada) Rutherford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2020

John R. Commons is one of the most significant figures in the development of American economics. One of the founders of the Institutional school, Commons developed theories of the evolution of capitalism and of institutional change which continue to influence modern economics. These volumes collect, for the first time, his major essays and articles.