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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The conferees were more diverse across disciplines than they had been at past
HOPE conferences. ... The conference's subject matter, being new, meant that
conferees did not have to engage with an individual's set-in-stone positions.
For 1969 Nisonoff recalled the New England conference that she helped
organize.17 The conference was held in her last year at MIT prior to her
departure to Yale University for graduate work. It appears the choice of Yale was
made after she ...
Outside the curricular calendar URPE organized an annual summer conference
starting in 1969. The first one was held 24-31 August at Camp Sea Gull, in
Charlevoix, Michigan.19 The summer conferences had a diverse agenda. While
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