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ECONOMIC THOUGHT BEFORE ADAM SMITH
AN AUSTRIAN PERSPECTIVE ON
THE HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT VOL I

Murray N. Rothbard

 

Economic Thought Before Adam Smith, Ludwig von Mises Institute, Auburn, Alabama, 1995, 556 pgs., index, bibliogrphy, notes

 
 

Reviewer comment Dr. Rothbard opens our eyes to the overlooked history of the numerous authors who wrote on economics prior to the late 18th century. He shows that there were many important original philosophers developing economic concepts and describing the real economic world prior to Adam Smith. He delivers a scathing critique of Smith and even more disdain for the wild acceptance Smith's work has received ever since.

 
 

Introduction

 
 

Chapter 1 - The First philosopher - economists: the Greeks

 
 

Chapter 2 - The Christian Middle Ages

 
 

Chapter 3 - From Middle Ages to Renaissance

 
 

Chapter 4 - The late Spanish scholastics

 
 

Chapter 5 - Protestants and Catholics

 
 

Chapter 6 - Absolutist thought in Italy and France

 
 

Chapter 7 -Mercantilism: sereving the absolute state

 
 

Chapter 8 - French merchantilist throught in the seventeenth century

 
 

Chapter 9 - The liberal reaction against mercantilism in seventeenth century France

 
 

Chapter 10 - Mercantilism and freedom in England from the Tudors to the Civll War

 
 

Chapter 11 - Mercantilism and freedom in Englaned from the Civil War to 1750

 
 

Chapter 12 - The founding father of modern economics: Richard Cantillon

 
 

Chapter 13 - Physiocracy in mid-eighteenth century France

 
 

Chapter 14 - The brilliance of Tugot

 
 

Chapter 15 - The Scottish Enlightenment

 
 

Chapter 16 - The celebrated Adam Smith

 
 

Chapter 17 - The spread of the Smithian movement

 
 

Bibliography essay

 

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