The Annotated Works of Henry George

NEW JANUARY 2016
Volume I : Our Land and Land Policy and Other Works

Edited by Francis K. Peddle and William S. Peirce

This new book includes a comprehensive introduction that focuses on the social context for George’s political economy, as well as the public and private struggles that George faced.  Tension between the dream of economic justice and different techniques to realize it proved a continuing challenge for the Georgist movement after its heady early years.  Three major works by George are included with new annotations and essays to provide context.  George wrote Our Land and Land Policy (1871) while still a journalist in California. Fred Foldvary shows that George, even as a neophyte economist, wrote with uncanny insight and analytical skill.  In The Irish Land Question (1881),  George dove into the maelstrom of Irish land policy.  Jerome Heavey provides the essential clarification of the history and politics of Irish land law, and explains why George’s remedy was not adopted.  Property in Land (1885) incorporates the debate between George and the Duke of Argyll.  Brian Hodgkinson provides the historical and philosophical setting for this exchange between the Scottish landowning aristocrat and and the “Prophet of San Francisco.”
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From the back cover

Henry George (1839 -1897) rose to fame as a social reformer and economist amidst the industrial and intellectual turbulence of the late nineteenth century. His best selling Progress and Poverty (1879) captures the ravages of privileged monopolies and the woes of industrialization in a language of eloquent indignation. His reform agenda resonates as powerfully today as it did in the Gilded Age. His impassioned prose and compelling thought inspired such diverse figures as Winston Churchill, Sun Yat-Sen, Leo Tolstoy, John Dewey, and Albert Einstein. George starts from a great paradox: Why, with technology and national wealth rapidly advancing, do the vast majority live in poverty? His solution is to capture for public purposes the economic rent of land and other natural resources, a force that courses through the entire economy and, when privately appropriated, distorts economic activity, social arrangements, and political institutions. This six volume edition of the works of Henry George assembles all his major works with new introductions to each volume, critical annotations, extensive bibliographical material, and comprehensive indexing to provide, for the first time, a comprehensive resource for scholars and reformers.

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Volume I of The Annotated Works of Henry George includes an introduction to the six-volume series that focuses on the social context for George's political economy, as well as the public and private struggles that George faced. Tension between the dream of economic justice and different techniques to realize it proved a continuing challenge for the Georgist movement after its heady early years.

Volume I presents three major works by George and new essays to provide context. George wrote Our Land and Land Policy (1871) while still a journalist in California. Fred Foldvary shows that George, even as a neophyte economist, wrote with uncanny insight and analytical skill. In The Irish Land Question (1881), George dove into the maelstrom of Irish land policy. Jerome Heavey provides the essential clarification of the history and politics of Irish land law and explains why George's remedy was not adopted. Property in Land (1884) incorporates the debate between George and the eighth Duke of Argyll. Brian Hodgkinson provides the historical and philosophical setting for this exchange between the Scottish aristocratic landowner and the American "Prophet of San Francisco."

FRANCIS K. PEDDLE is professor of philosophy, Dominican University College, Ottawa.

WILLIAM S. PEIRCE is professor emeritus of economics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.

ISBN 978-1-61147-701-6: 
HC 346 pp.,
2016, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
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