The Balance Of Trade Essay

1636 Words Oct 10th, 2016 7 Pages
When studying any form of history, it is necessary to assess all of the sources, whether they be primary or secondary, in order to receive a better evaluation of the credibility and information provided in the text. It is important to study primary sources in history because they can be directly related to the topic and time period that you are addressing and, when thoroughly studying the author, the intent, and background information, you can have a firsthand experience compared to a textbooks reiteration. More specifically, many primary sources were created during the Enlightenment, where European philosophy, religion, politics, science, and economics were drastically modernized. These primary sources allowed many individuals to truly understand what the thought process was of the those during the 18th century Enlightenment. David Hume, a Scottish philosopher and economist, was one of those men that experienced and participated in the economic aspect of the Age of Reason. In his paper, “Of the Balance of Trade”, Hume presents us with an evaluable primary source that addresses the fiscal backing of trade during this time period. “Of the Balance of Trade” is one of the thirty-nine essays included in Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary that made up Volume I of the posthumous Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects released in 1777. The subsequent book is a two-part collection of Hume’s writings that was a collaborative publication with Alexander Kincaid after…

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