[OPE-L:7505] Re: textbook for "History of Economic Thought" course?

From: Rakesh Bhandari (rakeshb@stanford.edu)
Date: Sat Aug 10 2002 - 12:35:09 EDT

For a non economist like me, these texts  have proven helpful, though 
a few may not be in print:

Ingrid Rima Development of Economic Analysis (the text used by 
Michael Reich at UC Berkeley--the excellent chapters on Ricardo, Marx 
and Keynes were helpful to me),

OPE-L member Ernesto Screpanti and Zamafni An Outline of the History 
of Economic Thought (due to its complexity, technical proficiency and 
utter comprehensiveness perhaps best as a teacher's resource or 
graduate student text),

A K Dasgupta Epochs of Economic Theory (succinct, valuable formulations),

Maurice Dobb Theories of Value and Distribution since Adam Smith 
(very helpful summary of Ricardo's critique of adding up theories of 

Phyllis Deane Evolution of Economic Ideas; The State and the Economic 
System (both very valuable and engagingly written),

I.I. Rubin's A History of Economic Thought (still the best 
introduction in the living historical context of socio economic 
change, but breaks off before marginalism),

Eduard Heiman, History of Economic Doctrines (a profound analysis of 
economic thought in terms of underlying metaphors while still 
technically proficient, a great book well ahead of its time)

Guy Routh The Origins of Economic Ideas (delightfully written 
especially the critique of marginalism; students would really enjoy 
this book as Routh puts ideas in the context of the bubbling social 
cauldron from which they emerged),

A Anikin A Science In Its Youth: Pre-Marxian Political Economy (very 
student friendly; shouldn't be underestimated due its deliberately 
amateurish style)

Mark Skousen The Making of Modern Economics (deliciously Austrian; he 
has great fun poking at Keynes--go for the rightwinger and teach 
against it! Skousen can flat out write a popular exposition).


>Does anyone have a recommendation for a textbook for a history of economic
>thought course?  I think I'd prefer extracts from relevant authors (as in
>the old "Masterworks of Economics" which is out of print, as is all others
>I know of).  I'd be interested in other suggestions also.  I may have to
>use web resources but I don't think that is as effective with students.
>Thanks, Paul
>Paul Zarembka, editor, RESEARCH IN POLITICAL ECONOMY at
>********************* http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/PZarembka

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