“An intellectual treasure trove for anyone interested in history, big ideas, and the role that economic thinking has played in both for more than 2,000 years.” – Charles Wheelan, author of Naked Economics
What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy helpful, or harmful? The word ‘economics’ might sound a bit dry, but it’s really about getting to the bottom of urgent questions like these.
This clear, accessible, and even humorous book is ideal for young readers new to economic concepts, and for readers of all ages who want to better understand economic history and ideas.
Ranging from ancient times to the present day, economic historian Niall Kishtainy introduces us to some of the key thinkers – Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, and others – while examining topics ranging from the invention of money to the Great Depression, entrepreneurship, and behavioural economics.
Full of colourful stories and compelling facts, A Little History of Economics shows us how a greater understanding of economics will help us all face the challenges that confront the modern world.