The thesis is finally done – ‘Inflation and the making of macroeconomic policy in Australia, 1945-85’. There will be an online version eventually, once it’s marked and corrected.

Anyway I think I might now have the time and energy to revive things here, though there probably won’t be much content on inflation, macroeconomic policy, Australia, or the decades 1945-85 for a little while.

The plan is to use this site more for scraps, notes and conversation – that is, what a blog is meant to be for – and I’ll try and put more substantive pieces elsewhere. One reason I want to revive Scandalum Magnatum is that Sydney friends have put up blogs so I now have locals to link to. Dr_Tad and liz_beths have started Left Flank, focused on Australian politics. They have kicked off with an excellent series of posts on the Federal election and some constructive criticism of the Greens. On a more philosophical plane is Jonathon Collerson’s Wrong Arithmetic – and also check out the group blog associated with a Sydney Capital reading group which has achieved the rare feat of continuing to exist long enough for an attempt on Volume II.

I’m also excited to get back into discussions with international friends, and especially to tag along with Duncan Law’s project to review the literature on the history of capitalism.

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  1. Hey, congratulations Mike!

    [And it’ll definitely be cool to do some historical reading / discussion – though I’m mired in other preoccupations at the moment, so it may be some time before I start posting on the history properly. But it’ll be great to talk about it all. (Fortunately I think the decades 1945-85 are some distance away, in terms of the reading. :-))]

  2. Hey! Congratulations! And good luck with the examiners 🙂

  3. Thanks guys! Duncan, I’ve started to tackle the Cambridge Economic History of Europe. It’s massive but I think you’re right that it ought to be done. Also found a great set of references on recent debates on the origins of capitalism in James Belich’s [2009] ‘Replenish the Earth’, which is a history of Anglo settler colonialism – hopefully will get a chance to write about this soon.

  4. Welcome back–“Scandalum Magnatum” had slipped down to some forgotten region of my bookmark queue, and now I can drop it near the top, where it belongs.

    And thanks for the link to the Sydney Capital reading group. I was very impressed with this; I tried drafting some commentary but it didn’t improve on what was already written.

  5. Thanks SoB – yeah I think the ‘behind our backs’ piece is great too, I think it’s by the gentleman behind wrong + arithmetic.

  6. hi Mike,
    Belated congratulations, I’m very happy for you. Does this mean we can now call you Doctor?
    If you finish the Cambridge European history and get onto the U.S. one let me know, I’ll read it with you.
    take care,

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