The latest Tweets from Angus Burgin (@angusburgin). historian at Johns Hopkins. Baltimore. This question animates The Great Persuasion, Angus Burgin’s exceptional transatlantic history of ‘free market advocacy’ during the 20th century. To tell his story. The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression [Angus Burgin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Just as.

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Add both to Cart Add both to List. When is a market not a market? Pages with related products. Rodgers, author of Age of Fracture. Politics and Society since the Great Depression Spring As Burgin notes, in early Cold War American intellectual culture, conservative ideas were often seen as irrational, and were assumed to have no place in the mainstream. Volume 1, The Rise of Capitalism: See all 7 reviews. They add a unique perspective to a narrative that is as nuanced as it is coherent and demonstrative.

My profile My library Metrics Alerts. Perhaps the term that best characterizes Hayek, Friedman, and their epigones is ‘neoliberal’. Just as economists struggle today to justify the free market after the global economic crisis, an earlier generation revisited their worldview after the Great Depression. Milton Friedman, however, steered the movement away from inter-disciplinary work and towards a narrowly economic viewpoint, one which was openly dogmatic and explicitly political.

Original and judicious, it never loses sight of the philosophical arguments economics conceals, sometimes accidentally, sometimes on purpose. Set up a giveaway. History of Economics Society meeting, Fairfax, Virginia In fact, Burgin writes, “an exploration of the rhetoric of the society’s members in its early years reveals a movement far less doctrinaire than the conventional narrative would indicate.


As part of his argument that Friedman deviated from the more moderate and broad-based approach begun by Hayek, he compares their philosophies, yet somehow manages completely to ignore the most fundamental elements of their work in economics. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 52 4, Don’t have a Kindle? In Bertrand de Jouvenel’s terms, the organization had succumbed to “ideological vurgin and as a result had transitioned from “a free company of people who think together with some burgi basis of agreement” into “a team of fighters.

He situates his book within the existing literature, noting the remarkable advances in historiography over the past decade.

It is an immensely rich, careful and thoughtful history that captures the range of opinion within a group of people who are too often seen as having marched in lockstep.

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For now, however, that end is nowhere in sight. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. That being said, the book suffers from some serious problems that detract from its overall value. The line from Friedrich Hayek to Milton Friedman was no straightforward unfolding of constant qngus premises, but a crooked path full of contradictions, contention, and unexpected contingencies. Based on a detailed reconstruction of this linguistic context, Burgin ultimately suggests that:.

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His book fills several gaps in the existing research and offers an original contribution to the field of intellectual history. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Duke University Press,pp. It’s wonderfully written, and the author usually gives a penetrating yet concise articulation of the philosophical ideas which surrounded the Mont Pelerin Society from its inception through till the early s. Burgin deftly weaves three separate yet intertwined narratives in the book, two of which are biographical, and one institutional.

Burgim answer to this question may have angu provided had Burgin paid more attention to the process by which free market ideas became popularised.

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