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Rodríguez Braun, Carlos (1992) Pownall on Smith on colonies. [ Documentos de trabajo de la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales; nº 02, 1992, ]

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As early as 1776, Thomas Pownall published a review of the Wealth of Nations in the form of a letter to its author, that may help us analyse a much-debated issue in our discipline: Adam smith's thought on colonies.
Both friends and enemies of the empire took comfort in the Wealth of Nations. Accordingly, Smith's ambiguities on the subject have been pointed out by specialists, from Henry Brougham and Jeremy Bentham in the early days of the nineteenth century down to Bernard Semmel in 1970.
On the other hand, Donald winch and others have forcibly argued that Smith's imperial 'project', so heartily supported later by J.S. Nicholson and the liberal imperialists, accounts for no more than a ballon d'essai. And the best textbooks in the history of economic thought at present coincide in placing Adam smith within the classical stream of hostility towards colonies

Item Type:Working Paper or Technical Report
Uncontrolled Keywords:Adam smith's thought on colonies
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > Economic history
Social sciences > Economics > Economics
Series Name:Documentos de trabajo de la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales
ID Code:25842
Deposited On:13 Jun 2014 11:32
Last Modified:13 Jun 2014 11:32

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