A Copper Farthing: Sir William Petty and His Times, 1623-1687

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University of Sunderland Press, Jan 1, 2007 - Businesspeople - 218 pages
Throughout his life Sir William Petty (1623-1687) pursued intellectual and entrepreneurial themes. On occasion an abrasive and grasping man, he was also amusing. His intellectual life was rich, and he was a pioneer in the analysis of social and economic matters. Petty knew the great men of his age, and his life provides perspective on his times. Through the progression of his life, we see people, events and places refracted with clarity amidst plague, fire, and the tragedy which was Ireland.

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THOMAS E. JORDAN is Emeritus Curators' Professor of Child Development at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His research addresses aspects of childhood in which stress is an element. As the author of 25 books and monographs, he has stressed empirical methods in studies of handicapped children, birth cohorts, and historical archives. His last four books addressed human development in 19th-century Britain. In 1998, he edited a two-volume edition of the Irish censuses, 1821-1911.

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