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Economic Travel Literature

A number of very astute observers have written accounts of their travels during which they collected economic information, and described the political, economic, legal, and social condition of the countries through which they passed. Arthur Young’s Travels in France on the eve of the French Revolution are perhaps the best known of these. Thomas Hodgskin also wrote very interesting accounts of his trip to the northern German states where he thought that unwise intervention by the governments hampered German economic development compared to that taking place in Britain.

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