The Economic Writings of William Thomas Thornton: a review article


The Economic Writings of William Thomas Thornton makes available numerous out-of-print books and articles by an important economist whose work has, until recently, been neglected by historians of economic thought. The collection, which is by no means complete, helps cement Thornton’s reputation and restores his rightful place in the history of economics. This article discusses the collection’s main strengths and weaknesses, and draws particular attention to the contemporary relevance of Thornton’s work in the light of recent controversies surrounding his place in the annals of economic science, and to certain aspects of his successful East India Company career.



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