A Companion to the History of Economic Thought, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Warren J. Samuels, Jeff E. Biddle
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  • ISBN-10: 1405128968
  • ISBN-13: 9781405128964
  • DDC: 330.1
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 736 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2003 | Published/Released June 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2003

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Assembling contributions from top thinkers in the field, this Companion offers a comprehensive and sophisticated exploration of the history of economic thought. The volume has a threefold focus: the history of economic thought, the history of economics as a discipline, and the historiography of economic thought. The essays in the first part focus on the history of economic ideas, with topics ranging from ancient, medieval, and Islamic thought, to Marxian, Utopian, and postwar thought. The second part explores important historiographical topics, including the sociology of economics, methodology, exegesis, and textuality. Each essay serves as a complex introduction to the chosen topic, and gathered together they provide an extensive synthesis of the field as a whole. The volume is an essential resource for anyone researching or studying the history of economic thought, and will also serve as an excellent text for courses in this area.



  • Warren J. Samuels
  • Jeff E. Biddle

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Blackwell Companions to Contemporary Economics.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
List of Contributors.
1: Research Styles in the History of Economic Thought.
2: Historical Surveys.
3: Ancient and Medieval Economics.
4: Contributions of Medieval Muslim Scholars to the History of Economics and Their Impact: A Refutation of the Schumpeterian Great Gap.
5: Mercantilism.
6: Physiocracy and French Pre-Classical Political Economy.
7: Pre-Classical Economics in Britain.
8: Adam Smith (1723–1790): Theories of Political Economy.
9: Classical Economics.
10: Post-Ricardian British Economics, 1830–1870.
11: Karl Marx: His Work and the Major Changes in Its Interpretation.
12: The Surplus Interpretation of the Classical Economists.
13: Non-Marxian Socialism.
14: Utopian Economics.
15: Historical Schools of Economics: German and English.
16: American Economics to 1900.
17: English Marginalism: Jevons, Marshall, and Pigou.
18: The Austrian Marginalists: Menger, Böhm-Bawerk, and Wieser.
19: Early General Equilibrium Economics: Walras, Pareto, and Cassel.
20: The “First” Imperfect Competition Revolution.
21: The Stabilization of Price Theory, 1920–1955.
22: Interwar Monetary and Business Cycle Theory: Macroeconomics before Keynes.
23: Keynes and the Cambridge School.
24: American Institutional Economics in the Interwar Period.
25: Postwar Neoclassical Microeconomics.
26: The Formalist Revolution of the 1950s.
27: A History of Postwar Monetary Economics and Macroeconomics.
28: The Economic Role of Government in the History of Economic Thought.
29: Postwar Heterodox Economics.
30: The Austrian School of Economics, 1950–2000.
31: Feminist Economics.
32: Institutional Economics.
33: Post Keynesian Economics.
34: Radical Political Economy.
35: Historiography.
36: Historiography.
37: The Sociology of Economics and Scientific Knowledge, and the History of Economic Thought.
38: Exegesis, Hermeneutics, and Interpretation.
39: Textuality and the History of Economics: Intention and Meaning.
40: Mathematical Modeling as an Exegetical Tool: Rational Reconstruction.
41: Economic Methodology since Kuhn.
42: Biography and the History of Economics.
43: Economics and Economists in the Policy Process.
44: The International Diffusion of Economic Thought.
45: The History of Ideas and Economics.
46: Research in the History of Economic Thought as a Vehicle for the Defense and Criticism of Orthodox Economics.
Name Index.
Subject Index.