Cannan, E (1861.2.3-1935.4.8)
Birthplace Maderira, Spain.
Posts Held Lect., Prof. Econ., LSE, 1895-1926.
Degrees BA, MA Univ. Oxford, 1884, 1887; Hon. LLD Univ. Glasgow; Hon. LittD Univ. Manchester.
Offices Pres., Econ. Section, British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1902, 1931; Pres., Royal Economic Society, 1932-4.
Publications Books:1.Elementary Political Economy (1888); 2. A History of the Theories of Production and Distribution in English Political Economy From 1776 to 1848 (1898, 1917, 1953); 3. The Economic Outlook (1912); 4. Wealth (1914); 5. Money (1918); 6. Review of Economic Theory (1929, 1953); 7. An Economist's Protest (1927); 8. Modern Currency and the Regulation of its Value (1931).
Career His editon of Smith's Wealth of Nations (1904) is perhaps his chief monument because of the outstanding quality of the introduction and explanatory notes. However, his work as a teacher at LSE, where he inspired several generations of students, is another source of his reputation. His teating was not particularly modern in terms of tools and techniques, but it was based on a deep knowledge of the great writers in the subject which also informs many of his books, including his one undisputed masterpiece, A History of the Theories of Production and Distribution. The outspoken and commonsensical style of his various works make them still readable and useful.
Secondary Literature A. L. Bowley, `Obituary: Edwin Cannan', Economic Journal , 45, June 1935.


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Early History of the Term Capital (socsci.mcmaster.ca) Quarterly Journal of Economics volume 35 (1921)
Early History of the Term Capital (ecn.bris.ac.uk) Quarterly Journal of Economics volume 35 (1921)
Early History of the Term Capital (unimelb.edu.au) Quarterly Journal of Economics volume 35 (1921)


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