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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On the one hand, she called into question the plausibility of certain "extraordinary
facts" recorded in the eulogies. ... stems from the fact that biographers have used
the eulogies as well as the other sources without enough critical distance.
Hahn described the process of money creation through commercial banks in
detail and opposed the basic assumptions in German literature of this time.10
However, he criticized Anglo-Saxon monetary theory as well. This fact is
One of these actually corrected some of my explanatory footnotes, which in fact
had offered erroneous explanations. All I can say ... Even if you think you have
gotten the facts right, though, history is, in the end, an interpretive exercise.
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