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History of economics, economics and economic history in Britain, 1824 - 2000


  • Roger Backhouse


This paper tells the story of the field of the history of economic thought in relation to the changing boundaries between the disciplines of economics and economic history. The most important period was the late nineteenth century when, after a couple of decades during which both economists and historians took an interest in the history of economic ideas, both disciplines stabilized in ways that left no room for it. Despite the emergence of the history of economic thought as a recognizable field within economics, it was progressively marginalized within the broader profession.

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  • Roger Backhouse, 2004. "History of economics, economics and economic history in Britain, 1824 - 2000," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(1), pages 107-127.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eujhet:v:11:y:2004:i:1:p:107-127
    DOI: 10.1080/0967256032000171524

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    1. Roger E. Backhouse & John Creedy (ed.), 1999. "From Classical Economics to the Theory of the Firm," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 1824, April.
    2. Blaug, M., 1998. "The Formalist Revolution of What Happened to Orthodox Economics After World War II," Discussion Papers 9810, Exeter University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Fabio Masini, 2013. "Facts, Theories, and Policies in the History of Economics. An Introductory Note," HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT AND POLICY, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2013(1), pages 5-16.


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