Economists' Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics
This collection of essays, a supplement to History of Political Economy, brings together prominent scholars from economics, sociology, literature, and history to examine the role of biography and autobiography in the history of economics. The first of its kind, this volume looks at the relevance of first-person accounts to narrative histories of economics. The essays consider both the potential and the limits of life writing, which has traditionally been used sparingly by historians of economics, and examine types of biographies, the relationship between autobiography and identity, and the writing of biography.
Contributors to this collection question whether biography is essential to understanding the history of economic ideas and consider how autobiographical materials should be read and interpreted by historians. Articles consider the treatment of autobiographical materials such as conversations and testimonies, the construction of heroes and villains, the relationship between scientific biography and literary biography, and concerns related to living subjects. Several essays address the role of biography and autobiography in the study of economists such as F. A. Hayek, Harry Johnson, Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes, Oskar Morgenstern, and François Quesnay, concluding with several accounts of the interconnection of the historians' projects with their own autobiographies.
All 2007 subscribers to History of Political Economy will receive a copy of "Economists' Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics" as part of their subscription.
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Whereas full-length autobiographies by self-identified economists are relatively
few, the number of economists who have contributed to these collections is
impressive: Moggridge counted no less than 198 of them. Collective enterprises
of this ...
The two German Social Democratic Party leaders included in the collection—
Eduard Bernstein and Karl Kautsky— were probably rarely labeled that way, and
the more academically inclined Leopold von Wiese preferred to think of himself
He was particularly drawn to painting— guided in his purchases by Duncan
Grant, Vanessa Bell, and Roger Fry, who would advise him, at various times, on
what to purchase as he built up both his personal collection after success in
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