Critics of Capitalism: Victorian Reactions to 'Political Economy' by Cambridge University Press (Paperback, 1986)
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- DescriptionBy the start of the Victorian period the school of British ecomists ackwledging Adam Smith as its master was in the ascendancy. 'Political Ecomy', a catch-all title which igred the diversity of viewpoints to be found amongst the discipline's leading proponents, became associated in the popular mind with moral and political forces held to be uniquely conducive to the progress of an increasingly industrialised and competitive society. 'Political Ecomy' served in turn as the focus for critics of equally diverse moral and political persuasions, who sought to challenge the materialism of contemporary society and offer their own assessments of the profound social changes of the time. In the introductory essay to the collection of readings from such 'critics of capitalism', the editors review the principles of the early ecomists, the way in which these principles were appropriated and applied by their Victorian successors and the contrasting modes which critics of popular ecomic ideas assumed. Subsequent extracts from the writings of the Owenite Socialist John Bray, Carlyle, Marx and Engels, J. S. Mill, Ruskin, Arld, T. H. Green, William Morris and G. B. Shaw, demonstrate both the breadth of the possible grounds for ideological opposition to the prevailing philosophy and the shifting nature of the debate as 'Political Ecomy' itself was revealed as incapable of explaining or responding to the changing conditions of the 1870s. Headtes to the extracts describe the genesis of individual debate and discuss distinctive stylistic features. Antation in the form of foottes and endtes has been designed to gloss obscure allusions and arguments. In making more accessible the socio-ecomic writings of those authors w better kwn for their imaginative work, this volume will enable readers to reach a more profound appreciation of the central role such work played in developing the moral vision embodied in their more lastingly popular books and essays.
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication11/12/1986
- Series TitleCambridge English Prose Texts
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Notebibliography, notes
- Weight360 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Edited byElisabeth Jay,Richard Jay
- Series Edited byGraham Storey
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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