The Theory Of The Leisure Class Essay

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I read The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen; The book was published in 1899 by Macmillan. From a biography on Encyclopedia Britannica I found that Veblen was a graduate of Carleton College, and went on to study at John Hopkins and Yale; Earning a Ph.D. from the latter in 1884. After spending seven years reading on his father’s farm he went to Cornell as a graduate student, and then on to the University of Chicago where he became an instructor in economics in 1896. He published The Theory of Business Enterprise in 1904, and after being forced to leave the University of Chicago due to his personal life he gained an associate professorship at Stanford University in 1906. He was eventually forced to leave Stanford for personal reasons as well and secured a position at the University of Missouri where he spent the next seven years. During this time he wrote The Instinct of Workmanship and the State of the Industrial Arts, Imperial Germany and the Industrial Revolution, and An Inquiry into the Nature of Peace, and the Terms of Its Perpetuation. A number of his articles were later published into the books The Vested Interests and the Common Man: The Modern Point of View, and The Engineers and the Price System. He spent a brief period lecturing at the New School, and wrote his last book (which was characterized as being disorganized and repetitive) Absentee Ownership and Business Enterprise in recent Times: The Case of America in 1923 (Pierce, 2007). Veblen begins…

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