Keynes : A Very Short Introduction

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A philosopher, politician, economist, and much more, John Maynard Keynes had a profound impact on early and mid 20th century society, and continues to have a lasting impression on the economic ideologies and theories of today. Nevertheless, outside of the economic world, Keynes’ name remains a perplexing and unfamiliar one. The biography “Keynes: A Very Short Introduction” by Robert Skidelsky explores Keynes’ life and how his economic ideas and theories have a profound impact on society to this day.

John Maynard Keynes was born on June 5, 1883, in Cambridge, England, to a very well to do family. The oldest of three siblings, Keynes’ family came into wealth after his grandfather on his
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In addition, during his time at Eton, Keynes learned the power of cleverness in manipulating situations and people to bend to one’s own desires. After five years at Eton, Keynes gained a scholarship to King’s College in Cambridge in Mathematics. However, at King’s College, Keynes instead pursued studies in philosophy and history, studying philosophers and logicians such as Peter Abelard. In the end, Keynes’ intellectual abilities and excellent school reputation helped to propel him to his future careers.

After leaving King’s College in 1906, Keynes entered Britain’s Indian Office of Civil Service Examination as a junior clerk. With his position, Keynes gained insight into economics and India’s financial system. In addition, during this time Keynes received a fellowship at King’s College. With his newfound knowledge, Keynes became a member of the Royal Commission on Indian Finance and Currency in 1913. The works of philosopher G. E. Moore also started to influence Keynes’ thinking at this time as he finally started to rebel against the traditions of his parents’ generation and traditional Victorian-era thinking. Therefore, around 1910, Keynes joined the Cambridge Apostles and later the Bloomsbury Group (located in London), which were both philosophical societies were Keynes started to build friendships and emotional connections. Much like the followers of the 1960s counterculture movement, Keynes and
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