Traces how the works of Charles Dickens and Henry Mayhew reflected the poor majority in mid-nineteenth-century London, citing the achievements of such influential figures as John Maynard Keyes, Paul Samuelson, and Amartya Sen.
Perfectly new: Engels and Karl Marx in the age of miracles -- Must there be a proletariat? Alfred Marshall's patron saint -- Miss Potter's profession: Beatrice Webb and the housekeeping state -- Empire of energy: Irving Fisher and the cross of gold -- Creative destruction: Joseph Schumpeter and economic evolution -- The last days of mankind: Schumpeter in Vienna -- "Europe is dying" : Maynard Keynes at Versailles -- The joyless street: Schumpeter and Hayek in Vienna -- Immaterial mechanisms of the mind: Keynes and Fisher in the 1920s -- Starter trouble: the Great Depression -- Searching: Webb and Robinson in the 1930s -- Economists' war: Keynes and Friedman in WWII -- Exile: Schumpeter and Hayek in WWII -- Past and future: Keynes at Bretton Woods -- Road from serfdom: Hayek and the German miracle -- Paul Samuelson goes to Washington -- Inventing the future: Robinson in Moscow and Beijing -- Tryst with destiny
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