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A Treatise on the Industry of Nations

A Treatise on the Industry of Nations
Or, The Principles of National Economy and Taxation
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century

  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108036931

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  • In this two-volume work, originally published in 1839, the relatively unknown Joseph Salway Eisdell (1791–1876) explores the political economy of 1830s Britain from a different standpoint from that of many of his contemporaries. Influenced by Adam Smith and Michael Thomas Sadler, and in concordance with his contemporary, Irish economist Mountifort Longfield (1802–84), Eisdell's focus on 'fiscal sociology' places emphasis on industrial workers and the significance of human nature in economics. He reassesses economic and population trends by rejecting the (until then) well-regarded Malthusian principles. In many ways this work is a reflection of 1830s Victorian society, which was experiencing massive shifts towards industrialisation, urbanisation and modernisation, with accompanying political changes. Eisdell's later work, An Essay on the Causes and Remedies of Poverty (1852) demonstrates his continued enthusiasm for fiscal sociology.

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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108036931
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 61 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Preliminary Remarks:
    1. The subject
    2. On the measure of the products of industry
    Book I. Production:
    1. On the source whence the products of industry are derived, and the instruments by which they are acquired
    2. On the circumstances conducive to the effectiveness of national industry, and the progress of opulence
    3. On the influence of science and skill
    4. On excitements to industry
    5. On the circumstances which occasion employment, or a want of employment
    6. Of property, and its classification
    7. On the employment of capital and machinery
    8. On the division of employments
    9. On the freedom of industry
    10. On the different kinds of industry, and the mode of their operation
    11. Appropriative industry
    12. Agricultural industry
    13. Manufacturing
    14. Commercial industry
    15. On supply and demand
    16. Of money
    17. On the division of property
    18. On population. Volume 2: Book II. Distribution:
    1. Of the rent of land
    2. Of the profits of stock
    3. On the rewards of labour
    Book III. Consumption:
    1. On consumption
    2. On the accumulation of property
    Book IV. Taxation:
    1. On the effects of taxation
    2. On the parties upon whom taxation ultimately falls
    3. On the rule for the apportionment of taxation
    4. On the application of the rule of apportionment, as regards the expense of protection
    5. On an apportionment of taxation according to the benefits derived from government
    6. On a tax on the value of property
    7. On the effects of indirect taxation
    8. On direct taxation
    9. On the distribution of the expense of constructing and maintaining roads, bridges, canals, harbours, light-houses, and other guides and protections to navigation
    10. On the distribution of the expenses of public institutions for education, religious worship, and the support of the poor
    11. On public debts.

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    Joseph Salway Eisdell

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