The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Rodbertus, Johann Karl (1805–1875)

  • M. Falkus
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Rodbertus is chiefly remembered as a pioneer of the theory of state socialism. Born on 12 August 1805, at Griefswald on the Baltic, he came from a wealthy and intellectual background (his father was a professor). Rodbertus studied law at the universities of Gottingen and Berlin. After a period of service with the Russian Government he settled in 1836 at his country estate in Jagetzow in Pomerania and concentrated on the study of social and economic issues.

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