Theorist, practitioner, educator and arguably the father of professional economics, Alfred Marshall's life and career have long required a full scale biography to put his work into context and reveal the extent of his influence.
Peter Groenewegen's outstanding new book places the major features of Marshall's life and work within the rich institutional setting of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain. This biography sheds new light on Marshall's decision to study economics - after dropping mathematics, philosophy and psychology in turn - and the background to his important books, including the Principles of Economics, as well as his government advice over three decades. More than just the life of a major economist, it also deals with economics and mathematics education at Cambridge, contemporary controversies over socialism, imperialism, free trade, eugenics, religious belief, social welfare and the women's movement.
As the first biography of Alfred Marshall, A Soaring Eagle contributes to the history of economics, the social sciences and education while also offering a series of insights into Victorian and Edwardian society.
Peter Groenewegen, formerly Professor of Economics and Director, Centre for the Study of the History of Economic Thought, University of Sydney, Australia
Contents: Preface 1. A Life of Alfred Marshall: Introduction and Overview 2. Family and Ancestry 3. Childhood and School 1842-1861 4. Undergraduate Student at St John's, Cambridge, 1861-1865 5. In Search of a Vocation 1865-1872: Postgraduate Years as a Young Fellow at John's Cambridge 6. The Economic Apprenticeship (1867-1875) and After 7. An Observing and Studious Traveller: Europe, Britain and the United States (1868-1884) 8. The Husband (1877-1924) in an Unusual Partnership 9. Initial Academic Experience: Cambridge, Bristol and Oxford 10. The Professor at Cambridge (1885-1908) 11. Giving Advice to Governments: (1886-1908) 12. The Long Haul of the Principles: 1881-1922 13. A Principled Controversialist and Strident Advocate 14. A Feminist Manque 15. The Creator of a New Tripos 16. A Tendential Socialist . . . or Neo-Liberal? The Politics of Alfred Marshall 17. A Sage in Retirement 18. The Friend 19. Some Final Volumes 20. The Last Years and Legacy 21. A Man for all Seasons-and None: the Enigma of Marshall's Character Index