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A Little History of Economics, by
Niall Kishtainy

Published: March 7, 2017

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Our Little History of Economics is a lively, inviting account of the history of economics, told through events from ancient to modern times and the ideas of great thinkers in the field.

What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy a helpful approach or a disastrous idea? The answers to such basic economic questions matter to everyone, yet the unfamiliar jargon and maths of economics can seem daunting. Clear, accessible and even humorous, A Little History of Economics is ideal for young readers new to economics and for all readers who seek a better understanding of the full sweep of economic history and ideas. Economic historian Niall Kishtainy (former economic policy advisor to the UK government and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa) organises short, chronological chapters that centre on big ideas and events. He recounts the contributions of key thinkers including Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, and others, while examining topics ranging from the invention of money and the rise of agrarianism to the Great Depression, entrepreneurship, environmental destruction, inequality and behavioural economics. The result is a uniquely enjoyable Little History that succeeds in illuminating the economic ideas and forces that shape our world.

About the author

Niall Kishtainy

Niall Kishtainy, former economic policy advisor to the UK government and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, is guest teacher, department of economic history, London School of Economics, and author of The Economics Book and Economics in …

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About the illustrator

Hazel Partridge

Hazel Partridge is a graduate illustrator from Falmouth University currently dividing her time between Cornwall and The Cotswolds. Her illustrative work often explores themes of nature, pattern and tradition using a wide range of media, notably paper-c …

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