This book explores the relationship between economic thought, proposals for reform of political institutions, and civil society in the period between the rise to power of Napoleon and the eve of the First World War in Italy and France – two countries with a similar cultural and political tradition and with personal mobility of the intellectual class. The first section of the book is devoted to the struggle for identity, justice, and liberty, including its economic dimensions. The relation between political and economic freedom and its effect on equity is then addressed in detail, and the third, concluding section focuses on the intellectual and political conflict between the social visions of liberalism and socialism in some of their various forms, again with consideration of the economic implications. The comparative nature of the analysis, combined with its interdisciplinary approach to the history of economic and political thought and social history, will enable the reader to understand more clearly the historical evolution of each country and the relevant contemporary political and economic issues.Über den Autor:
Riccardo Soliani is Associate Professor in the History of Economic Thought and Macroeconomics at the School of Social Sciences – Department of Political Science, University of Genoa, Italy. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Association Charles Gide pour l'étude de la pensée économique. His main fields of research are the history of economic thought in Continental Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and postkeynesian economics.
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