This article surveys histories of recent economics told mainly from the perspective of outsiders to the discipline. As we see, the work of historians of science, intellectual historians and sociologists who write on the history of recent economics prompts different questions and provides different answers. Now that other histories of recent economics have attained a critical mass, it may be expected that a new light will be shed on the transformations of economics in the post-1939 period and that new understandings of its place in society will emerge.

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