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John Ramsden: “The Poets’ Guide to Economics”

John Ramsden: “The Poets’ Guide to Economics” (12 August 2022)

John Ramsden (Trinity 1969)

On Friday 12 August 2022 at 6pm (Tokyo time), 10:00am (London/Cambridge time) John Ramsden (Trinity 1969), has kindly agreed for a zoom event with us, to discuss his most recent book “The Poets’ Guide to Economics”.

  • 6pm (6pm Tokyo time, 10am UK time)- starts
  • 6:15pm – 7:15pm John Ramsden “The Poets’ Guide to Economics”
  • 7:15pm – follow-on discussions

Prior registration required until Thursday 11 August 2022. Anonymous registrations are not accepted, please introduce yourself briefly when you register.

We will upload the recording to the Trinity in Japan Youtube Channel – by participating you agree to the upload of the recording:

“The Poets’ Guide to Economics”

John Ramsden on his newest book: “My book is an introduction to poets who wrote seriously about ‘political economy’ (as it used to be called). They range in time from Defoe (1690s) to Pound (1940s). They left us works like ‘Vulgar Errors Concerning Taxation’, ‘The ABC of Economics’ or ‘Economics for Helen’. Why did they write them and what did they say? It’s not a book with some simple ‘message’ about today’s problems. I try to let the poets speak for themselves; and to keep it all readable and entertaining. But I’ll be glad to explain what I see as some ‘lessons’ for our own times; and very interested in any subsequent discussion among your members”

“The Poets’ Guide to Economics” by John Ramsden has been published by Pallas Athene Publishers on 16 June 2022:

John’s book is also available on and

John Ramsden (Trinity 1969)

After reading history & economics at Cambridge and two years in a merchant bank, John Ramsden joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1975. He was posted in Dakar and Vienna, and then spent two years in Hanoi (chronicled in Hanoi After the War, Skira 2017). He spent the rest of his career in Europe, including a secondment to the Treasury and posts in Berlin (1990-93), the UN in Geneva and Croatia (as Ambassador from 2004-2008). He has also written The Box in the Attic, based on letters from relatives who took part in some of the great events of the last century. 

Registration and enquiries:

All Trinity members, Fellows and students globally are very welcome to pre-register, and I will send a registration link if there are still places available.

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