Sunday, February 8, 2009

Why do I learn French?

The reason is not the music, food or tourism. Some time ago, I grabbed a copy of Leroy-Beaulieu's De la colonisation chez les peuples modernes (1874) . It seems that he created the concept of "colonies of settlement" and "colonies of exploitation" (Roscher may have said something similar. I bought his book, but I gave up learning German 20 years ago). Every schoolboy in Brazil learns the diference between exploitation and settlement colonies thanks to Caio Prado Jr, a marxist historian. One day, I may write about the intelectual evolution of these concepts. A possible title of the paper: "From Roscher to Acemoglu"...Would anyone like to participate in this project?

(There was another reason to learn Frech: reading Thisse et al. textbook on Regional Economics, but I've just found out that it has been published in English as well. )

3 comments:

Benjamin Guilbert said...

I'm interested and my French is OK. Although I'm full of hatred for Acemoglu, but that's another matter.

Leonardo Monasterio said...

Let's do it!

French Spanish Online said...

and what method do you use to learn French?
mine is www.frenchspanishonline.com