Classical economics
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1. Definition

The expression classical economics (or classical political economics [5. 19–21]), originally coined by Karl Marx, denotes an era of economic thought extending roughly from 1750 to 1850, primarily in the context of the British and French Enlightenment. Its most important protagonists include Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Thomas Malthus, Jean Ba…

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Plumpe, Werner and Köster, Roman, “Classical economics”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 July 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024984>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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