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Human Documents of Adam Smith's Time

by Edgar Royston Pike

First published in 1974, this is not a 'life' of the founder of the science of economics, although it opens with a biographical sketch; nor is it an analysis of The Wealth of Nations, although it contains numerous...


Adam Smith's Sociological Economics

by David Alexander Reisman

First published in 1976, this book provides an interdiciplinary study fo the thoughts of Adam Smith, showing it particular how the link between economic basis and social superstructure was central to his work....


The Economics Of Inflation - A Study Of Currency Depreciation In Post War Germany

by Costantino Bresciani-Turroni

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high...


Francis Watkins and the Dollond Telescope Patent Controversy

by Brian Gee, Anita McConnell & A.D. Morrison-Low

Working from original documents consulted for the first time, Brian Gee has uncovered the life and times of an eighteenth-century mathematical and optical instrument maker, Francis Watkins, who played an important...


Re-Thinking Economics: Exploring the Work of Pierre Bourdieu

by Asimina Christoforou & Michael Lainé

Once again, unfettered capitalism has failed. Promises for global prosperity and peace have given way to a world of deep recession, social upheaval and political instability. Once again, mainstream economics...


The Medieval Broadcloth: Changing Trends in Fashions, Manufacturing and Consumption

by Kathrine Vestergard Pedersen & Marie-Louise Nosch

The eight papers presented here provide a useful introduction to medieval broadcloth, and an up-to-date synthesis of current research. The word broadcloth is nowadays used as an overall term for the woven textiles...


The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class

by Kees Van der Pijl

With The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class, Kees van der Pijl put class formation at the heart of our understanding of world politics and the global economy. This landmark study dissects one of the most decisive...


Mullahs, Merchants, and Militants

by Stephen Glain & Stephen J. Glain

A thousand years ago, a vast Arab empire stretched from the Asian steppe across the Mediterranean to Spain, pioneering new technologies, sciences, art and culture. Arab traders and Arab currencies dominated...


Historical Capitalism

by Immanuel Wallerstein

A succinct introduction to the history of capitalism by the renowned political theorist.

In this short, highly readable book, the master of world-systems theory provides a succinct anatomy of capitalism over...


Adam Smith's Science of Morals

by Tom Campbell

This critical exposition of Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments, first published in 1971, gives an appreciation of Smith's conception of scientific method as applied to the study of social phenomena. The...


In the Name of Profit

by Robert L. Heilbroner

Said One Executive:

“Why should my conscience bother me?”

Here are dramatic true stories of executives whose desire for profit leads them into shameful decisions.

Naming actual executive of major American...


Political Vanity: Adam Ferguson on the Moral Tensions of Early Capitalism

by Matthew B. Arbo

Political Vanity aims to illuminate the central debates over the historical, moral, and political legitimacy of market capitalism as though still profoundly theological in character. This theological sensitivity...


Information Technology and Socialist Construction: The End of Capital and the Transition to Socialism

by Daniel E. Saros

The failure of command central planning in the twentieth century has led to a general disillusionment within the socialist movement worldwide. Some alternatives to capitalism have been proposed since the end...


Keynes and his Contemporaries: Tradition and Enterprise in the Cambridge School of Economics

by Atsushi Komine

This book examines how the Cambridge School economists, such as J. M. Keynes, constructed revolutionary theories and advocated drastic policies based on their ideals for social organizations and their personal...


An Inquiry into Physiocracy (Routledge Revivals)

by Max Beer

The common understanding of physiocracy - the school of eighteenth-century political economy associated with thinkers such as Boisguillebert and Quesnay - is often confined to the view that it considered agriculture...


Russia's 'Age of Silver' (Routledge Revivals): Precious-Metal Production and Economic Growth in the Eighteenth Century

by Ian Blanchard

First published in 1989, Russia's 'Age of Silver' represents a major contribution to the history of the international economy during the eighteenth century, challenging old prejudices and establishing the importance...


The Crisis of Keynesian Economics (Routledge Revivals)

by Geoffrey Pilling

Geoffrey Pilling's treatment of this complex issue in political economy, first published in 1986, concentrates on a review of Keynes' writings rather than the vast literature that has developed surrounding his...


The World's First Stock Exchange

by Lodewijk Petram & Lynne Richards

The launch of the Dutch East India Company in 1602 initiated Amsterdam’s transformation from a regional market town into a dominant financial center. The Company introduced easily transferable shares, and...


The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations

by Jacob Soll

For centuries, the importance of financial accounting has been well understood. Essential to building businesses, states, and even empires, accounting has also helped leaders measure their power and craft their...


Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, 1600-1757

by Emily Erikson

The English East India Company was one of the most powerful and enduring organizations in history. Between Monopoly and Free Trade locates the source of that success in the innovative policy by which the Company’s...