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Monday, August 24, 2009

More on the Origin of “The Dismal Science”

In an earlier post I promised to elaborate on my research into the origin of the nickname “The Dismal Science” for economics. For the sake of keeping that promise, and for the benefit of those who may not already know, I’ll share my finding that the term appears to originate with the 19th-century British “man of letters” Thomas Carlyle.

However, as some of you also may know already, there is much more than meets the eye behind that deceptively simple citation of historical fact. My exploration of the context in which Carlyle appears to have coined the phrase has taken on such a life of its own that it now appears that the best medium for sharing it will actually be a short e-book rather than a blog post.

Hence, I will take this opportunity to announce the forthcoming e-book Thomas Carlyle, Racism, and the Dismal Science: Clues to Hidden Truths About the Modern Conservative Movement?

I expect to release the e-book sometime in September, and will likely make it freely available to registered subscribers to Undismalization. To reserve your copy, please register per the instructions here.

The release of Thomas Carlyle, Racism, and the Dismal Science may also end up being the debut of the Undismal Press imprint. Stay tuned for further details as the project nears completion. Sphere: Related Content

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