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The Origins: Economics — “the Dismal Science”?

Editorial Board: Vladimir Avtonomov, Oleg Ananyin et al.
2019
In Russian
Number of pages: 724
ISBN: 978-5-7598-1745-1
The 9th issue of the almanac The Origins (“Istoki”) contains several sections. The first one offers a provocative pamphlet by Thomas Carlyle, who coined the famous epithet “dismal science” referring to political economy in the context of the justification of slavery in American colonies. On the pages of this book, he is answered by John Stuart Mill. The articles by the modern economists J. Persky, P. Groenewegen, N.A. Makasheva, and R.I. Kapeliushnikov also discuss this subject.
The second section contains the texts presentedat the Round table on the issues of modern macroeconomics, which include a fundamental contribution by R.M. Entov. The almanac also features articles by N.A. Rozinskaya, D. Dear and M. Shiotanion the economic relations between the Russian Empire and the East in the late 19th – early 20th centuries, as well as an article by the Bulgarian colleagues N. Nenovsky and P. Penchev on the activities of S. Demosthenov and N. Dolinsky, Russian émigré economists in Bulgaria. The article by L.S. Grebnev, an employee of the Gosplan in the 1970s and 1980s, is dedicated to the history of the Soviet economy. E.G. Yasin shares his reflections inspired by the analysis of Grebnev’sarticle. Yu.B. Kochevrin’s article contains an original analysis of the theory and practice of the functioning of monetary system underreal socialism in the USSR. The issue concludes with a previously unpublished memoir about L.V. Kantorovich.
The almanac is designed for students and professors of economics, as well as for researchers and all interested in the history of economic thought and national economy.
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