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Economics in Perspective
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In Economics in Perspective, renowned economist John Kenneth Galbraith presents a compelling and accessible history of economic ideas, from Aristotle through the twentieth century. Examining theories of the past that have a continuing modern resonance, he shows that economics is not a timeless, objective science, but is continually evolving as it is shaped by specific times and places. From Adam Smith's theories during the Industrial Revolution to those of John Maynard Keynes after the Great Depression, Galbraith demonstrates that if economic ideas are to remain relevant, they must continually adapt to the world they inhabit. A lively examination of economic thought in historical context, Economics in Perspective shows how the field has evolved across the centuries.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Richard Parker
  3. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. To Acknowledge
  2. pp. xix-xxii
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  1. CHAPTER 1 A Look at the Landscape
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. CHAPTER 2 After Adam
  2. pp. 10-22
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  1. CHAPTER 3 The Enduring Interim
  2. pp. 23-34
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  1. CHAPTER 4 The Merchants and the State
  2. pp. 35-50
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  1. CHAPTER 5 The French Design
  2. pp. 51-62
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  1. CHAPTER 6 The New World of Adam Smith
  2. pp. 63-79
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  1. CHAPTER 7 Refinement, Affirmation—and the Seeds of Revolt
  2. pp. 80-97
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  1. CHAPTER 8 The Great Classical Tradition, 1: Around the Margins
  2. pp. 98-112
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  1. CHAPTER 9 The Great Classical Tradition, 2: The Mainstream
  2. pp. 113-123
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  1. CHAPTER 10 The Great Classical Tradition, 3: The Defense of the Faith
  2. pp. 124-138
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  1. CHAPTER 11 The Grand Assault
  2. pp. 139-153
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  1. CHAPTER 12 The Separate Personality of Money
  2. pp. 154-169
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  1. CHAPTER 13 American Concerns: Trade and Trusts; Enriched and the Rich
  2. pp. 170-194
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  1. CHAPTER 14 Completion and Criticism
  2. pp. 195-210
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  1. CHAPTER 15 The Primal Force of the Great Depression
  2. pp. 211-228
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  1. CHAPTER 16 The Birth of the Welfare State
  2. pp. 229-240
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  1. CHAPTER 17 John Maynard Keynes
  2. pp. 241-258
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  1. CHAPTER 18 Affirmation by Mars
  2. pp. 259-273
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  1. CHAPTER 19 High Noon
  2. pp. 274-289
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  1. CHAPTER 20 Twilight and Evening Bell
  2. pp. 290-306
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  1. CHAPTER 21 The Present as the Future, 1
  2. pp. 307-317
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  1. CHAPTER 22 The Present as the Future, 2
  2. pp. 318-326
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 327-362
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