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Riches and Poverty

Riches and Poverty
An Intellectual History of Political Economy in Britain, 1750–1834

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  • Date Published: January 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521559201

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  • Riches and Poverty explores an influential idea in political economy. The work of Adam Smith provided a key for studying the rich and poor and assessing the American and French revolutions. Meanwhile Britain embarked on its career as the first manufacturing nation, and the debate on poverty provoked an intellectual rift between Malthus and the Lake poets that continues to influence our perceptions of cultural history. Donald Winch has written a compelling narrative of these developments, which emphasizes throughout the moral and political bearings of economic ideas.

    • No comparable work dealing with this subject in depth
    • The author is a leading authority on the subject
    • Links between some of the most significant ideas and events of the period - Smith, Malthus, revolutions, romantic period of literature
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    'Riches and Poverty is a powerful, innovative and magesterial survey. Large swathes of it are virtually definitive.' Boyd Hilton, The Times Higher Education Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521559201
    • length: 444 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 151 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 1 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. After Adam Smith: prologue
    Part I. Adam Smith's Science of the Legislator:
    2. An excessive solicitude for posthumous reputation
    3. The secret concatenation
    4. The wisdom of Solomon
    Part II. Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, and Factious Citizens:
    5. Contested affinities
    6. The loss of regal government
    7. Burke's creed: politics, chivalry, and superstition
    8. The labouring poor
    Part III. Robert Malthus as Political Moralist:
    9. Imminence and immediacy: initial bearings
    10. New and extraordinary lights
    11. Rather a matter of feeling than argument
    12. A manufacturing animal: things not persons?
    13. The bountiful gift of providence
    14. Last things and other legacies
    Part IV:
    15. Epilogue.

  • Author

    Donald Winch, University of Sussex

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