chapter  15
18 Pages

The significance of economic history, and the fundamental features of the economic history of Iran


Just as Natural History is the mother of the biological sciences, Social History is the mother of the social sciences. Classical political economy was developed in a dynamic era, a period of European history where a series of long-term social developments were approaching their peak in the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution of England. It is not at all surprising that Adam Smith and David Hume spent time with the French Physiocrats, notably Quesnay and Turgot, and with the French philosophers, especially, though not exclusively, Voltaire and Rousseau.1