A Companion to the History of Economic Thought


A Companion to the History of Economic Thought



Assembling contributions from top thinkers in the field, this companion offers a comprehensive and sophisticated exploration of the history of economic thought. The volume has a threefold focus: the history of economic thought, the history of economics as a discipline, and the historiography of economic thought.

  • Provides sophisticated introductions to a vast array of topics.
  • Focuses on a unique range of topics, including the history of economic thought, the history of the discipline of economics, and the historiography of economic thought.



Publication Date



Wiley-Blackwell Publishing


Malden, MA


Economic History | Economics


Table of Contents

1. Research Styles in the History of Economic Thought

Part I Historical Surveys

2. Ancient and Medieval Economics

3. Contributions of Medieval Muslim Scholars to the History of Economics and their Impact: A Refutation of the Schumpeterian Great Gap

4. Mercantilism

5. Physiocracy and French Pre-Classical Political Economy

6. Pre-Classical Economic in Britain

7. Adam Smith (1723-1790): Theories of Political Economy

8. Classical Economics

9. Post-Ricardian British Economics, 1830-1870

10. Karl Marx: His Work and the Major Changes in its Interpretation

11. The Surplus Interpretation of the Classical Economists

12. Non-Marxian Socialism

13. Utopian Economics

14. Historical Schools of Economics: German and English

15. American Economics to 1900

16. English Marginalism: Jevons, Marshall, and Pigou

17. The Austrian Marginalists: Menger, Bohm-Bawerk, and Wieser

18. Early General Equilibrium Economics: Walras, Pareto, and Cassel

19. The “First” Imperfect Competition Revolution

20. The Stabilization of Price Theory, 1920-1955

21. Interwar Monetary and Business Cycle Theory: Macroeconomics before Keynes

22. Keynes and the Cambridge School

23. American Institutional Economics in the Interwar Period

24. Postwar Neoclassical Microeconomics

25. The Formalist Revolution of the 1950s

26. A History of Postwar Monetary Economics and Macroeconomics

27. The Economic Role of Government in the History of Economic Thought

28. Postwar Heterodox

Part II Historiography

29. Historiography

30. The Sociology of Economics and Scientific Knowledge, and the History of Economic Thought

31. Exegesis, Hermeneutics, and Interpretation

32. Textuality and the History of Economics: Intention and Meaning

33. Mathematical Modeling as an Exegetical Tool: Rational Reconstruction

34. Economic Methodology since Kuhn

35. Biography and the History of Economics

36. Economics and Economists in the Policy Process

37. The International Diffusion of Economic Thought

38. The History of Ideas and Economics

39. Research in the History of Economic Thought as a Vehicle for the Defense and Criticism of Orthodox Economics

Name Index

Subject Index