The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Hodgskin, Thomas (1787–1869)

  • N. W. Thompson
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Thomas Hodgskin joined the navy at the age of twelve, rose to the rank of lieutenar and was then forcibly retired on half pay after a contretemps with his authoritarian captain. On the advice of Francis Place he subsequently embarked, in 1815, upon a continental tour with the object of collecting material on the social and economic conditions of post-Napoleonic war Europe. It was this that formed the basis of his Travels in the North of Germany, which was published in 1820.

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