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In Our Time - The Physiocrats

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Physiocrats, an important group of economic thinkers in 18th-century France.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Physiocrats, an important group of economic thinkers in eighteenth-century France. The Physiocrats believed that the land was the ultimate source of all wealth, and crucially that markets should not be constrained by governments. Their ideas were important not just to economists but to the course of politics in France. Later they influenced the work of Adam Smith, who called Physiocracy "perhaps the nearest approximation to the truth that has yet been published upon the subject of political economy."

With:

Richard Whatmore Professor of Intellectual History & the History of Political Thought at the University of Sussex

Joel Felix Professor of History at the University of Reading

Helen Paul Lecturer in Economics and Economic History at the University of Southampton.

Producer: Thomas Morris.

  • Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 9:00AM Thu, 20 Jun 2013
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9:00AM Thu, 20 Jun 2013
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  • Duration 43 minutes

Credits

  1. Key talent Melvyn Bragg

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