Monday, January 26, 2009

John Maynard Keynes

A short history of JMK in TNR, which nicely lays out his views as represented by the General Theory and other works.

I'm reading the Robert Skidelski biography, which does a very good job of situating JMK in the late Victorian/Edwardian era. It's interesting that economists are always creatures of their times. Cannadine's Mellon, for example, was more interesting as a view of late 19th/early 20th century economic and industrial/scientific history than it was as a biography of Andrew Mellon himself. Keynes appears to have been much more of a character than Mellon was, however, and was surrounded by similarly colorful characters.

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