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a complete picture, whose details detract so often from the principal theme.
In the belief that quotations are appropriate whenever the text treats of new facts or involves a re-interpretation of old facts, excerpts from many sources, both of economic and of non-economic literature, have been woven into the argument; but it is hoped that this will prove an aid to beginners and perhaps stimulate inquiry into the sources themselves. Indeed, to meet the interest particularly of college students, references have usually been added in footnotes, and a bibliography is provided to facilitate a more detailed investigation than is afforded' by general histories of the subject.
In conclusion, the writer begs leave to add that this review was originally undertaken preparatory to critical estimate of present economic theories, of their characteristics and possible development—an estimate that he expects to complete in the near future. Such a critique he deems to be the main task of economists today, and he would consider the review now before the reader as having fallen short of its goal if it did not help him to appreciate some of the perplexities that at present confront the economist both here and in Europe.
Chart Three: Sources of John Stuart Mill's Psychology 135
Table One: Characteristics of Smithian and Ricardian
Table Two: Order of Treatment of Main Subjects in
Representative Treatises Economics Since 1776
Table Three: Main Doctrines of the Founders of
Table Four: Space Assigned to Special (Applied)
Problems in American Treatises Economics