Birthplace Geneva, Switzerland.
Posts Held Bank clerk, farmer and professional writer.
Publications Books: 1. Tableau de l'agriculture toscane (1801); 2. De la richesse commerciale , 2 vols (1803); 3. Historie des républiques italiennes du moyen age , 16 vols (1809-18); 4. Nouveaux principes d'économie politique , 2 vols (1819, 1827, 1953); 5. Histoire des fraçais , 31 vols (1821-44); 6. Political Economy , ed. M. Mignot (1847).
Articles: 1. `Two papers on demand', Revue Encyclopédique , 1824, repr. in International Economy Papers , 7, eds. A. T. Peacock, et al . (Macmillan, 1957).
Career Historian whose economic ideas passed through different phases. The acceptance of free-trade principles in De la richesse commerciale was abandoned in favour of a critical posture towards free trade and industrialsation. Nouveaux principles ... attacked wealth accumulation both as an end in itself, and for its detrimental effect on the poor. His critique was noticed by Malthus, Ricardo and J. S. Mill, but despite his favourable attitude towards the poor, he was attacked by Marx, Lenin and other socialist.
Secondary Literature G. Sotiroff, `Simonde de Sismondi, J. C. L.', International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences , D. L. Sills (ed.) (Macmillan and Free Press, 1968), vol. 14; T. Sowell, `Sismondi: A Neglected Pioneer', History of Political Economy , 4 (1), Spring 1972.