Riches and Poverty: An Intellectual History of Political Economy in Britain, 1750-1834

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In Riches and Poverty, Donald Winch explores the implications of a fundamental and influential idea in political economy. Adam Smith's science of the legislator provided a key to studying the rich and poor in commercial societies, transformed an ancient debate on luxury and inequality, and furnished a basis for assessing the American and French revolutions. Against this background, Britain embarked on its career as the first manufacturing nation, and Malthus made his first contributions to a debate which concluded with the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. Malthus provoked fierce opposition from the Lake poets, opening an intellectual rift that persisted throughout the nineteenth century and continues to influence our perceptions of cultural history. Donald Winch has written a compelling and consistently-argued narrative of these developments, which emphasises throughout the moral and political bearings of economic ideas.
 

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After Adam Smith prologue
1
ADAM SMITHS SCIENCE OF THE LEGISLATOR
33
An excessive solicitude for posthumous reputation
35
The secret concatenation
57
The wisdom of Solon
90
ADAM SMITH EDMUND BURKE AND FACTIOUS CITIZENS
125
Contested affinities
127
The loss of regal government
137
Imminence and immediacy initial bearings
223
New and extraordinary lights
249
Rather a matter of feeling than argument
288
A manufacturing animal things not persons?
323
The bountiful gift of Providence
349
Last things and other legacies
389
PART IV
407
Epilogue
409

Burkes creed politics chivalry and superstition
166
The labouring poor
198
ROBERT MALTHUS AS POLITICAL MORALIST
221

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