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Friedrich List (1789-1846)

A Visionary Economist with Social Responsibility

Wendler, Eugen

2015, XVIII, 278 p. 73 illus., 46 illus. in color.

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  • Modern biography of Friedrich List
  • Presents the history of the international reception of his ideas
  • Focuses on the actual importance of his thinking  
Friedrich List (1789-1846) was a prophet of social market economy, national economy and the infant-industry theory. In this comprehensive biography the international influence and reception of List’s theories is presented together with his extraordinary vita. List was a notable early advocate of economic integration of the many separate states of 19th century Germany. His basic theory is that of productive resources and the need to protect infant industries until they have matured enough to stand alone. He is recognized as a visionary economist with social responsibility and as an influential railway pioneer. He was a liberal and a democrat who promoted an extended representative democracy, including respect for human rights and civil liberties, to accompany industrial development. His highly influential main work “The National System of Political Economy” has been translated into many languages. Eugen Wendler, the renowned author and List expert, not only builds upon his many years of research, but also discusses several new sources. This richly illustrated book is as informative as it is well written.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Economic History - Historic Economists - Infant-Industry Theory - Schools of Economic Thought - Social Market Economy

Related subjects » History of Economic Thought - Political Science

Table of contents 

Forewords.- Preface.- Chapter I: Childhood and Youth.- Chapter II: On the Run.- Chapter III:  Emigration to the United States of America.- Part IV: A Lawyer without Money, Keen on Helping his home Country.- Chapter V: National Economist and Visionary.- Chapter VI: Journeys to Neighboring Countries.- Chapter VII: The Tragic End. - Name Index.

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