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Adam Smith, natural extraction and historical judgement: An unwarranted environmental legacy

Cullis, James


Within the field of environmental history, assumptions about the development of political and economic ideas have tended to overlook the complex intellectual and historical context that gave rise to them. This article argues that this has certainly been the case in interpretations of Adam Smith by environmental historians. Through drawing on scholarship in intellectual history, this short essay reveals how Smith’s evaluation of natural extraction was directly linked to his conception of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 2019-11
Type: Journal article
Source: International Review of Environmental History
DOI: 10.22459/IREH.05.02.2019.05
Access Rights: Open Access via publisher website


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