The abstractions of history

Peden, Knox (2014) The abstractions of history. Sydney Review of Books, .

Author Peden, Knox
Title The abstractions of history
Journal name Sydney Review of Books
ISSN 2201-8735
Publication date 2014-07-22
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Open Access Status
Total pages 1 Book review
Place of publication Penrith South DC, NSW, Australia
Publisher Writing and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney
Language eng
Subject Original Creative Work - Textual work
Formatted abstract
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty (translated by Arthur Goldhammer)
Harvard University Press
Published March, 2014
ISBN 9780674430006

Near the end of the introduction to Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty writes: ‘In my mind, this book is as much a work of history as of economics.’ In the commentary that has surrounded the book’s meteoric appearance, this has emerged as a predominant theme. Piketty’s work heralds the return of political economy as the centerpiece of economic analysis and, along with it, the historical perspective such an analysis demands. The mathematical formulae he studied and produced in his professional youth have, in his view, led economics astray, condemning it to serve as an idle abstraction at best and an apology for predatory neoliberal practices at worst.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century begins with a recovery of names that are today more dear to historians than to most economists: Thomas Malthus, Adam Smith, David Ricardo and Karl Marx. Piketty finds valuable principles in these authors’ works...
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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