By Timothy Shenk
Even Maurice Dobb's critics, and there have been many, said that he was once one of many world's most vital Communist economists. From his outpost on the college of Cambridge, the place he used to be a protégé of John Maynard Keynes and mentor to scholars starting from Eric Hobsbawm to Amartya Sen, Dobb made himself into considered one of British communism's greatest intellectuals. in the past, this impressive lifestyles has been all yet forgotten. but following Dobb's existence from his beginning in 1900 to his loss of life in 1976 does greater than simply get well the occupation of 1 of contemporary Britain's such a lot paradoxical thinkers. It finds a stunning historical past that casts new gentle at the connections that certain economics, politics, and tool jointly within the 20th century—a background whose legacy nonetheless endures, lengthy after the Soviet Union's fall.
"A fantastic and richly illuminating depiction of Dobb's existence and concepts, written within the top culture of scholarship at the historical past of monetary inspiration. In offering a wealth of recent information regarding Dobb, Shenk arrives at amazing new insights in regards to the transformation of either Marxist scholarship and the economics career in the course of his lifetime." - Angus Burgin, Johns Hopkins University
"A wonderful account of the lifestyles and considered Maurice Dobb. but, this ebook strikes a long way past traditional biography to discover, in such an relaxing and fascinating method, the full heritage of financial concept. via Dobb's novels, performs, letters, lectures, released works, and unpublished ruminations, Shenk invitations the reader in the course of the small window of Maurice Dobb's interesting existence, which has a striking view onto the background of the 20th century." - Johanna Bockman, George Mason University
"Timothy Shenk has written a full of life and soaking up account of a imperative determine within the terribly gifted workforce of mid-twentieth century Cambridge Marxists. he's to be thanked for furnishing us with any such clean and lucid research of a seminal life." - Robin Blackburn, collage of Essex
"This impressive biography of Maurice Dobb is soaking up and instructive. the writer has captured uncannily Maurice's character and his remarkably complete and stressful political existence. Timothy Shenk is to be congratulated on writing one of these wonderful paintings of scholarship, which i believe convinced Maurice, although he could were embarrassed, might however have authorized of." - Geoffrey Harcourt, college of Cambridge
"graceful and considerate . . . Maurice Dobb: Political Economist (Palgrave, 2013), by way of Timothy Shenk, grabbed my curiosity and held it to the very end." - David Warsh, writer of data and the Wealth of Nations
"an striking accomplishment . . . Maurice Dobb: Political Economist is one of the most vital books at the historical past of capitalism released this 12 months, and it may be assigned to each seminar devoted to the exploration of that growing to be sub-field. just like the top non-academic writers at the background of financial inspiration (the New Yorker’s John Cassidy involves mind), Shenk possesses the infrequent present of without problems translating tricky theorizations of the industry into transparent English." - Kurt Newman, U.S. highbrow heritage weblog