Edited with an introduction by ROBERT SKIDELSKY 'Many of the greatest economic evils of our time are the fruits of risk, uncertainty, and ignorance' John Maynard Keynes was the most influential economist, and one of the most influential thinkers, of the twentieth century. He overturned the orthodoxy that markets were optimally self-regulating, and instead argued for state intervention to ensure full employment and economic stability. This new selection is the first comprehensive single-volume edition of Keynes's writings on economics, philosophy, social theory and policy, including several pieces never before published. Full of irony and wit, they offer a dazzling introduction to a figure whose ideas still have urgent relevance today.
"The essential Keynes cannot be sketched in a chart or mechanized, and we are the worse for it. But Robert Skidelsky has done us a service by putting it in a handy book." - The Times Literary Supplement
Keynes, John M. was born in Cambridge in 1883, son of John Neville Keynes, later registrary of the university; his mother was one of the earliest women students. Educated at Eton and King's, he passed into the Civil Service in 1906, working for three years in the India office. He returned to Cambridge as a Fellow of King's in 1909 and remained a Fellow until his death. Robert Skidelsky wurde 1939 in Harbin, China, als Sohn russischstämmiger Auswanderer geboren; sein Vater betrieb eine Kohlenmine. Mehrmals verlor die Familie ihr Vermögen, zuletzt bei Maos Machtübernahme. Robert Skidelsky studierte Geschichte in Oxford und lehrte als Professor für politische Ökonomie an der Universität Warwick, England.