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Friedrich Engels and Marxian Political Economy

Friedrich Engels and Marxian Political Economy (2011) was derived out of Hollanders extensive research for his 2008 text The Economics of Karl Marx. The book looks at Engels’ earlier contributions to Marx’s economic analysis, and provides background into how Marx developed his theories.

The sub-series includes notes and correspondence related to the work as well as two full annotated drafts of the book. The sub-series also contains annotated chapters of The Economics of Karl Marx which were adapted for use in Friedrich Engels and Marxian Political Economy

The Economics of Karl Marx: Analysis and Application

The Economics of Karl Marx: Analysis and Application (2008) is Hollander’s 6th text on the classical economists. The book is an assessment of Marx's Capital and other writings, and addresses Marx’s thoughts on the transformation and the surplus-value doctrine, the reproduction schemes, the falling real-wage and profit rates, and the trade cycle. The book attempts to present criticisms that Marx would have encountered during the time of his writing.

This sub-series includes rough notes taken by Hollander on Marx and his reviewers, reference lists, drafts of chapters, and correspondence related to the book and its publication.

The Economics of Thomas Robert Malthus

The Economics of Thomas Robert Malthus (1997) is another of Hollander’s books in his continued study of the classical economists and like its predecessors, especially Ricardo, is poised to set off debate. Economist A.M.C. Waterman, in his article “Reappraisal of ‘Malthus the Economist’, 1933-97” (History of Political Economy 30:2 1998 pp 293-334) in which he reviews important literature surrounding Malthus, writes:

It is quite possible that scholars of the twenty-first century will come to regard Hollander on Malthus as the most important book in the history of economic analysis since Schumpeter 1954… And like most other books Hollander has so far produced, his latest will get its fair share of controversy and disagreement.

Included are various generations of drafts as well as early research and papers on Malthus.

Ricardo. The New View : Collected Essays I and The Literature of Political Economy: Collected Essays II

Arranged together in this sub-series are records relating to Ricardo. The New View : Collected Essays I (1995) and The Literature of Political Economy: Collected Essays II (1998) This small sub-series includes notes on revisions and related correspondence as well as a 1st draft to his introductory memoir “It’s an Ill Wind…” with addendum.

Classical Economics

Classical Economics, (1992) was designed as a text book for advanced undergraduate and graduate students and presents many of the ideas Hollander espoused in his books on Smith, Ricardo and Mill. Taped lectures found in Series V formed the starting point of the book.

Included are early and final drafts.

The Economics of John Stuart Mill. Vol.I & II

The Economics of John Stuart Mill. Vol.I & II (1985) was Hollander’s third in the series of studies on classical economists and it is evident in the reviews of the book that the criticisms garnered by Ricardo spilled over into many reviewers assessment of this voluminous work. The introduction to economist A.W. Coates’ (Duke University) review places Mill within the context of Hollander’s other works:

The reviewer of these volumes faces a daunting task, not simply because of their immense size but also because they cannot adequately be considered in isolation. Together with Professor Hollander’s earlier studies of The Economics of Adam Smith (1973, pp. 351) and The Economics of David Ricardo (1979, pp.759) they constitute a sustained campaign to establish the validity of singular unified interpretation of the central tradition of nineteenth-century British economic thought. Moreover, if Hollander’s main thesis is correct, it has direct implications for our understanding of orthodox (or mainstream) twentieth century economic thought.

He concludes:

Like the massively ambitious project of which it forms an integral part, Hollander’s Mill will leave a permanent imprint in the history of economics. (The Manchester School, September 1987 #3, pp.310-316)

Included is a highly annotated and corrected early draft of the work, parts of a middle draft and a complete final draft.

The Economics of David Ricardo

It has been stated that The Economics of David Ricardo (1979) is perhaps Hollander’s most enduring legacy to the history of economic thought if only because of the heated controversy it has produced. It has been described by many as counter-revolutionary to the ideas of great economists such as Schumpter and Sraffa. Common among those who oppose and support Hollander’s unique interpretation of Ricardo is recognition that the book, which is detailed in its analysis and research, is an important addition to the debate on this controversial historical figure.

Included is the 1st draft of the manuscript, research notes, and notes of material omitted and to be used elsewhere.

Informal reviews and marginalia

This sub-series contains reviews and marginalia for papers that are not subject to formal reviews. Hollander either informally commented on these works or was asked to comment on the articles by certain authors and colleagues, however his comments were not intended to be used by publishers during their review process.

The Economics of Adam Smith

The Economics of Adam Smith (1973) was Hollander’s first major work in his scholarly pursuit to research the British classical economists. Its reception was widely favourable as a major contribution to Smithonian scholarship. Comments from reviews note that the work is detailed and provides a fresh perspective on Smith, especially with respect to The Wealth of Nations.

Included is a copy of his first draft along with research notes.

Collected Essays IV (Proposed)

This sub-series consists of correspondence and preliminaries for the creation of another text Collected Essays IV (Proposed 2013) with a working title “Adam Smith on ‘Natural Liberty’ and the Correction of Market Failure, and other Essays on Classical and Marxian Political Economy.

The Sources of Increased Efficiency: A Study of DuPont Rayon Plants

The Sources of Increased Efficiency: A Study of DuPont Rayon Plants, originally Hollander’s Ph.D. thesis, was a microeconomic study of technological change. In his memoirs “It’s an Ill Wind…”, he remarks that he was advised by his supervisor Fritz Machlup “to undertake one of the forty-odd studies he had listed; and not being interested in any of them, I selected the first: Investment and Innovation. It proved to be an inspired choice.” In 1965, the thesis was published with few revisions by MIT press. Reviews of the
period reveal that Hollander’s propensity for detailed research and analytical thought, which would define many of his later projects, was evident in this, his earliest work.

Included in this series is the final typescript of the final thesis, detailed proposal for research, drafts of chapters, corrections and revisions, notebooks and loose research notes and a bibliographic card index. There is also correspondence relating to the gathering of research, mainly with officials of DuPont.

Reviews and reports

Files contain correspondence, referee reports, comments and criticisms, recommendations regarding publication and drafts of articles by 3rd parties with Hollanders notations. Hollander worked on various editorial boards including the History of Political Economy or HOPE (Duke University), Canadian Journal of Economics, Utilitas (University College, London), Journal of the History Economic Thought, American Economic Review, Research in Political Economy, The Oxford Economic Papers, the Journal of Historical Ideas, the Journal of Political Economy, Routledge Publishing and Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology. There is also one file in B1998-0027 relating to his comments as a reader or reviewer for publishers.