Keynes Comes Home To Cambridge

Kings College Cambridge

A five-year project to publish the collected works of pioneering British economist John Maynard Keynes, is about to be unveiled by Cambridge University Press.

Available in electronic and paperback format for the first time, The Collected Writings of John Maynard Keynes is published on behalf of The Royal Economic Society and comprises thirty volumes of all Keynes published books and articles, including writing from his time in the India Office and Treasury, correspondence in which he developed ideas in argument with fellow economists, and correspondence relating to public affairs.

Keynes, who studied mathematics at King’s College, Cambridge, is widely considered to be one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. His work revolutionized the theory and practice of modern economics and it has had a profound impact on the way economics is taught and written, and on economic policy around the world. His ideas are the basis for the school of thought known as ‘Keynesian economics.’

Born in Cambridge in 1883, Keynes’s father was an economist and a philosopher and his mother became Cambridge’s first female mayor. Keynes went to work in the India Office, and earned a fellowship at King's College. Following the outbreak of World War One, he joined the treasury, and in the wake of the Versailles peace treaty, he published 'The Economic Consequences of the Peace' which became a best-seller and made him world famous.

During the inter-war years, Keynes amassed a considerable personal fortune from the financial markets and, as bursar of King's College, greatly improved the college's financial position. He became a prominent arts patron and board member of a number of companies.

Keynes' best-known work, 'The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money', was published in 1936, and became a benchmark for future economic thought. It also secured his position as Britain’s foremost economist and in 1942, he was made a member of the house of lords.

The recent global financial crisis has led to fresh interest in Keynes’ work and his ideas underpinned many of the economic policies undertaken in response to the crisis by George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Gordon Brown, and other heads of government.

The Collected Writings of John Maynard Keynes was published on November 8th and is available in electronic and paperback format. Each volume is priced £19.99 and the 30 volume set is priced £550. A special three month introductory price of £500 for the full set ends on 31st January 2013.


Volume 1 Indian Currency and Finance

Volume 2 The Economic Consequences of the Peace

Volume 3 A Revision of the Treaty

Volume 4 A Tract on Monetary Reform

Volume 5 A Treatise on Money: The Pure Theory of Money

Volume 6 A Treatise on Money: The Applied Theory of Money

Volume 7 The General Theory

Volume 8 Treatise on Probability

Volume 9 Essays in Persuasion

Volume 10 Essays in Biography

Volume 11 Economic Articles and Correspondence: Academic

Volume 12 Economic Articles and Correspondence: Investment and Editorial

Volume 13 The General Theory and After: Part 1. Preparation

Volume 14 The General Theory and After: Part 2. Defence and Development

Volume 15 Activities 1906–1914: India and Cambridge

Volume 16 Activities 1914–1919: The Treasury and Versailles

Volume 17 Activities 1920–1922: Treaty Revision and Reconstruction

Volume 18 Activities 1922–1932: The End of Reparations

Volume 19 Activities 1922–1929: The Return to Gold and Industrial Policy Part 1

Volume 20 Activities 1929–1931: Rethinking Employment and Unemployment Policies

Volume 21 Activities 1931–1939: World Crises and Policies in Britain and America

Volume 22 Activities 1939–1945: Internal War Finance

Volume 23 Activities 1940–1943: External War Finance

Volume 24 Activities 1944–1946: The Transition to Peace

Volume 25 Activities 1940–1944: Shaping the Post-War World: The Clearing Union

Volume 26 Activities 1941–1946: Shaping the Post-War World: Bretton Woods and Reparations

Volume 27 Activities 1940–1946: Shaping the Post-War World: Employment and Commodities

Volume 28 Social, Political and Literary Writings

Volume 29 The General Theory and After: A Supplement

Volume 30 Bibliography and Index.

What they said

'(This) is an unmatched achievement. Indispensable not merely to economists but to all political, economic, and intellectual historians working on the twentieth century'.

Bradley Bateman, co-author with Roger Backhouse of Capitalist Revolutionary: John Maynard Keynes (2011)'“If it is a sign of a great economist that he can continue to be read for contemporary enlightenment and counsel, then John Maynard Keynes is one of the very few who qualify. Dead for sixty-six years, his theories and insights retain their freshness, because the faults which he identified in our system of decentralized capitalism have not gone away. Indeed, they have become once again the main topic of economic discussion'.

Lord Robert Skidelsky, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at Warwick University, and biographer of Keynes

image: © tigertwo

Register for Financial Markets News Alerts