Economic Travel Literature

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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 Youngs 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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Arthur Young: A Bibliography

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Arthur Young

Source: Arthur Young’s Travels in France during the Years 1787, 1788, 1789, ed. Miss Betham-Edwards (London: George Bell and Sons, 1909).

Young, Arthur (1741-1820)

Arthur Young (1741-1820) was an 18th century English writer who is best known for the detailed accounts he published of his "travels" in England, Wales, Ireland and France on the eve of the revolution. After he inherited his father's…


Colonies, Slavery & Abolition

Harriet Martineau on the institution of slavery, “restless slaves”, and the Bill of Rights (1838)

Harriet Martineau

Presidents, Kings, Tyrants, & Despots

Michel Chevalier on two kinds of political power in America, the Caesars and the Commissioners (1835)

Michel Chevalier


Thomas Hodgskin noted in his journey through the northern German states that the burden of heavy taxation was no better than it had been under the conqueror Napoleon (1820)

Thomas Hodgskin