John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) is a central thinker of the twentieth century, not just an economic theorist and statesman, but also in economics, philosophy, politics, and culture. In this Very Short Introduction Lord Skidelsky, a renowned biographer of Keynes, explores his ethical and practical philosophy, his monetary thought, and provides an insight into his life and works. In the recent financial crisis Keynes's theories have become more timely than ever, and remain at the centre of political and economic discussion. With a look at his major works and his contribution to twentieth-century economic thought, Skidelsky considers Keynes's legacy on today's society. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Oxford University Press
October 7, 2010
About the author
Lord Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. He biggest work is a three volume biography of John Maynard Keynes; Hopes Betrayed, 1883-1920, (1983), The Economist as Saviour, 1920-1937, (1992), and Fighting for Britain, 1937-1946, (2000). His new book about the current economic crisis, Keynes: the Return of the Master, published in September 2009.
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