The Penguin History of Economics, Paperback Book
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A very clear, reliable and readable history of economic thought from the ancient world to the present day.

From Homer to Marx to John Stuart Mill, Backhouse shows how to keep your Keynsians from your post-Keynsians and New Keynsians.

A core book.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Reference works
  • ISBN: 9780140260427



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Unfortunately I didn't pay enough attention to the scope of this book before I started to read it. Within the first three sentences the author makes it clear that this book is about the history of economic thought and ideas, rather than economic phenomena themselves. Perhaps the book should have been entitled 'History of Economic Thought' then. It is clearly a good introduction to that, however since I was hoping for more understanding of economics itself I found myself occasionally without sufficient knowledge of the topics. It can also be rather dry, with one economic 'thinker' following another relentlessly ...

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