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Charles Hall: exploitation, commercial society and political economy

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This paper examines the intellectual position of Charles Hall as presented in his one major work, The Effects of Civilisation on the People in European States, which was first published in 1805 along with a briefer pamphlet attacking Malthus. Hall's contributions to the development of ‘socialism’ in general and theories of ‘exploitation’ in particular are assessed in the context of the controversies of his time over the benefits of commercial society and economic modernization.

Keywords: XIX th century; exploitation; political economy; property rights; socialism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: UCE, Birmingham., Email:

Publication date: 1994-01-01

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