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Buddhist Economics: Translations

The essay “Buddhist Economics” was first published in Asia: A Handbook, edited by Guy Wint, published by Anthony Blond Ltd., London, 1966.  John Papworth reprinted it in the January-February, 1968 (Vol. I, No 11) issue of Resurgence magazine published in England.  On August 13, 1969, Henry Geiger gave the essay its first North American printing in his now classic newsletter MANAS (Vol. XXII, No. 33).  In 1973 it was collected with other essays by Ernest Friedrich Schumacher in Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered, published by Blond and Briggs, Ltd. In 1974 Harper and Row (now HarperCollins) printed a North American edition, which has been in print ever since.  The book went on to be translated into 27 different languages and in 1995 was named by the London Times Literary Supplement as one of the hundred most influential books written after World War II.

Following the events of September 11, 2001, the Schumacher Center for a New Economics received requests from around the world to reprint “Buddhist Economics,” Fritz Schumacher’s classic essay, which is widely understood as a call for an economics of peace.  Mrs. Vreni Schumacher, who holds the copyright to her late husband’s works, kindly extended permission to the Schumacher Center to make the essay available electronically along with its multiple translations.

Since then Schumacher Center’s staff has worked with translators and publishers to gather material to add to this online collection. “Buddhist Economics” is included below in its multiple translations in recognition of the universality of its vision.

ENGLISH:  Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered  |  Written by E. F. Schumacher. 
Published by Hartley & Marks Publishers Inc. 
© 1999  |  ISBN 0 88179 169 5  

DANISH: Vækst eller velfærd : økonomisk udvikling med mennesket i centrum  |  Translation by Kirsten Jørgensen. 
Published by Samlerens Bogklub, Nordisk Bogproduktion A.S. Haslev 
© 1975  |  NOW OUT OF PRINT  |  ISBN 87 00 97061 1

DUTCH:  Hou het klein : een economische studie waarbij de mens weer meetelt  |  Translator unknown
. Published by Amboboeken – Herdruk
 © 1973  |  NOW OUT OF PRINT  |  ISBN 90 262 3003 0   VIEW PDF 

FRENCH:  Small is beautiful : une société à la mesure de l’homme  |  Translation by Danielle et William Day et Marie-Claude Florentin. Published by Editions Contretemps 
© 1978  |  ISBN 2 86228 000 3

GERMAN:  Klein ist fein  |  Translation by Karl A. Klewer. 
Published by Stiftung Ökologie & Landbau (SÖL) 
© 2001  |  ISBN 3 934499 36 8

GREEK: To mikro einai omorpho  |  Published by Glaros
 © 1980  |  NOW OUT OF PRINT  

HEBREW:  Katan Ze Yafe  |  Translation by Ora Gringerd. 
Published by Adam Publishers, Jerusalem 1984 |  NOW OUT OF PRINT

HINDI:  Bauddh arthashastra |  Translation by Amit Basole. 
Amit Basole is affiliated with Vidya Ashram located in Varanasi, India. You can visit their website at and contact Amit at VIEW PDF 

HUNGARIAN:  A kicsi szép : tanulmányok egy emberközpontú közgazdaságtanról |  Translation by Perczel István. 
 © 1991  |  NOW OUT OF PRINT  |  ISBN 963 222 352 7

ITALIAN:  Piccolo é bello : uno studio di economia come se la gente contasse qualcosa |  Translation by Daniele Doglio.Published by Arnoldo Mandadori Editore, 4th reprint 
© 1998  |  ISMN 88 04 15187 0 
To Order:  |  ph: 01139-02-75421  VIEW PDF 

JAPANESE:  スモール イズ ビューティフル. Translation by Keizo Kojima and Tsutomu Sakai 
Published by Kodansha Ltd. 
© 1986  |  ISBN 4 06 158730 7

KOREAN:  작은 것이 아름답다. Published by Moonye Publishing Co., Seoul 
ISBN 89 310 0184 3

NORWEGIAN:  Smått er godt  |  Translation by Lars Alldén.
 Published by Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, Oslo 
© 1977  |  NOW OUT OF PRINT  |  ISBN 82 05 09244 3

POLISH:  Małe jest piękne : spojrzenie na gospodarkę świata z założeniem, że człowiek coś znaczy  |  Translation by Ewa Szymanska and Jerzy Strzelecki
. Published by Panstwowy Instytut Wydawniczy 
© 1981  |  NOW OUT OF PRINT  |  ISBN 83 06 00508 2

PORTUGUESE:  Economia Budista | Translation by Luiz Puech

RUSSIAN:  Красота в малом: экономика ради людей   |  Translation by Dimitry Gershenson  VIEW PDF 

SERBIAN:  Translation by Sasha Mrkailo VIEW PDF 

SPANISH:  Lo pequeño es hermoso  |  Translation by Oscar Margenet. Published by Tursen / Hermann Blume, 3rd reprint © 1990 | ISBN 84 89840 27 X To Order:   VIEW PDF 

SWEDISH:  Litet är vackert : ekonomi som om människor betydde något  |  Translation by Jan Järnebrand. 
Published by Prisma Magnum 
© 1988  |  NOW OUT OF PRINT  |  ISBN 91 518 2201 6

UKRAINIAN:  Буддійська економіка  / Translation by Kharchenko Arthur (Артур Харченко)  VIEW PDF



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E. F. Schumacher

Ernst Friedrich Schumacher was an internationally influential economic thinker, statistician, and economist in Britain. His ideas became popularized in much of the English-speaking world during the 1970s. He is best known for his critique of Western economies and his proposals for human-scale, decentralized, and appropriate technologies. E. F. Schumacher was born in Germany in 1911. … Continued

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