“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 printed a North American edition of the book, which has been in print ever since. The book went on to be translated into 27 different languages and in 1995 was named by theTimes Literary Supplement (London) as one of the hundred most influential books written after World War II.
Following the events of September 11, 2001, the New Economics Institute received requests from around the world to reprint "Buddhist Economics," Fritz Schumacher's classic essay widely understood as a call for an economics of peace. In the essay Schumacher imagines a multitude of vibrant, self-sufficient villages which, from their secure sense of community and place, work together in peace and cooperation.
In December of 2001 Mrs. Vreni Schumacher, who holds the copyright to her late husband's works, kindly extended permission to the Institute to make the essay available electronically along with its translations. Since then New Economics Institute's staff has worked with translators and publishers to gather material to add to this online collection. "Buddhist Economics" is included below in its original English version and in its multiple translations in recognition of the universality of its vision.
Please address inquiries regarding new translations of Buddhist Economics to the Random House Group (www.randomhouse.co.uk)
Translations of Buddhist Economics
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FRENCH: Translation by Danielle et William Day et Marie-Claude Florentin. Published by Editions Contretemps © 1978 | ISBN 2 86228 000 3 Buddhist Economics:VIEW STANDARD PDF <3.6MB> VIEW SMALLER PDF <2 MB>
GERMAN: Klein ist fein | Translation by Karl A. Klewer. Published by Stiftung Ökologie & Landbau (SÖL) © 2001 | ISBN 3 934499 36 8 Buddhist Economics:VIEW STANDARD PDF <2.1MB> VIEW SMALLER PDF <1.2 MB>
HEBREW:Katan Ze Yafe | Translation by Ora Gringerd. Published by Adam Publishers, Jerusalem 1984 | NOW OUT OF PRINT Buddhist Economics:VIEW STANDARD PDF <8.1MB> (will take some time to download) VIEW SMALLER PDF <2.2MB> (less time to download, but lower quality)
HINDI:Bauddh arthashastra | Translation by Amit Basole Buddhist Economics:VIEW STANDARD PDF <2.32KB> Amit Basole is affiliated with Vidya Ashram located in Varanasi, India. You can visit their website at www.vidyaashram.org and contact Amit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HUNGARIAN: A kicsi szép | Translation by Perczel István Published by KÖZGAZDASÁGI ÉS JOGI KÖNYVKIADÓ © 1991 | NOW OUT OF PRINT | ISBN 963 222 352 7 Buddhist Economics: VIEW STANDARD PDF <3.6MB> VIEW SMALLER PDF <1.8 MB>
ITALIAN: Piccolo é bello | Translation by Daniele Doglio Published by Arnoldo Mandadori Editore, 4th reprint © 1998 | ISMN 88 04 15187 0 To Order: email@example.com | ph: 01139-02-75421 Buddhist Economics:VIEW STANDARD PDF <2.9MB> VIEW SMALLER PDF <1.5 MB> N
KOREAN: Published by Moonye Publishing Co., Seoul ISBN 89 310 0184 3 Buddhist Economics:VIEW PDF <280KB>
NORWEGIAN: Smått er godt | Translation by Lars Alldén Published by Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, Oslo © 1977 | NOW OUT OF PRINT | ISBN 82 05 09244 3 Buddhist Economics:VIEW STANDARD PDF <1.6MB> VIEW SMALLER PDF <896K>
POLISH:male jest piekne | Translation by Ewa Szymanska and Jerzy Strzelecki Published by Panstwowy Instytut Wydawniczy © 1981 | NOW OUT OF PRINT | ISBN 83 06 00508 2 Buddhist Economics:VIEW STANDARD PDF <3MB> VIEW SMALLER PDF <1.5 MB>
PORTUGUESE: Economia Budista | Translation by Luiz Puech Buddhist Economics: VIEW PDF<59K>
RUSSIAN: Translation by Dimitry Gershenson Buddhist Economics:VIEW PDF <128K>
SERBIAN: Translation by Sasha Mrkailo Buddhist Economics:VIEW PDF <100K>
SWEDISH: Litet är vackert | Translation by Jan Järnebrand. Published by Prisma Magnum © 1988 | NOW OUT OF PRINT | ISBN 91 518 2201 6 Buddhist Economics:VIEW STANDARD PDF <2.6MB> VIEW SMALLER PDF <1.5 MB>