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29 June 1847

Theory of social economyHistory of economic thought

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Historical school of economics

February 1932, Paris, France

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Charles Gide ([ʒid]; 1847–1932) was a French economist and historian of economic thought. He was a professor at the University of Bordeaux, at Montpellier, at Université de Paris and finally at Collège de France. His nephew was the author André Gide.


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An initiator of the Revue d'économie politique during 1887, Gide was a proponent of the French historical school of economics.

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Gide was one of the few endorsers of Léon Walras, as they shared a social philosophy, social activism, and disdain for the "Manchester-style" economics of the journalistes.

Social activism

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During the early 1880s Gide worked with Édouard de Boyve, initiator during 1884 of the cooperative Abeille Nîmoise, and with the former manufacturer Auguste Marie Fabre. These three men initiated the French cooperative philosophy that came to be known as the École de Nîmes. The Sociétés Coopératives de Consommation de France had its first national congress in Paris on 27 July 1885. The journal l'Émancipation was initiated at this meeting, and was published first on 15 November 1886 in Nîmes. Gide, de Boyve and Fabre all contributed to the journal.

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As a Protestant Christian Socialist, Gide was involved with progressive politics in France, endorsing the université populaire philosophy after the Dreyfus Affair. He promoted the establishment of a School for Advanced Social Studies (École supérieure de sciences sociales) (1899). Additionally, he served among the early faculty of the École supérieure de journalisme de Paris. Together with the School for Social Studies, it was established during 1899 as one of three grandes écoles developing from the Collège libre de science sociales initiated during 1895.

Gide endorsed the Union pour la Verite (League for Truth) created by philosopher Paul Desjardins during 1892 promoting the cause of the Jewish army officer Alfred Dreyfus during the political scandal involving him. Gide was interested in reform projects as well, such as the Alliance d'Hygiène Sociale (Alliance of Social Hygiene, created during 1905), and reported on the social economy exhibition at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900.

Gide was a champion of the cooperative philosophy, including both agricultural and consumers' cooperatives, during the first third of the 20th century. His book, Consumers' Co-operative Societies, which was published first in French during 1904, and in English during 1921, is a classic of co-operative economics, in the tradition of Co-operative Federalism.


  • Charles Gide – Écrits 1869–1886 (Charles Gide – Writings 1869–1886), Editions Harmattan/Committee for the edition of works of Charles Gide, Paris (1999)
  • Principes d'economie politique, (1883) ISBN 978-1-4123-5251-2; translated to English as Principles of Political Economy (1924); 26th ed., Paris, Librairie du Recueil Sirey (1931). On line edition Marcelle Bergeron, École polyvalente Dominique-Racine de Chicoutimi, Ville de Saguenay.
  • Économie sociale. Les institutions du progrès social au début du XXe siècle. Paris, Larose, 1905.
  • Coopération et économie sociale 1886–1904 (1905). Patrice Devillers. éd. L’Harmattan v. 4 (2001)
  • Charles Gide, "Economic Literature in France at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century", The Economic Journal, Vol. 17, No. 66 (Jun., 1907), pp. 192–212. doi:10.2307/2220664
  • Cours d'economie politique (1909); Paris, Librairie de la Société du Recueil Sirey, 5e édition, refondue et augmentée (1919) On line ed. Marcelle Bergeron, École polyvalente Dominique-Racine de Chicoutimi, Province de Québec.
  • Les Societes Cooperatives de Consomption, (1904); translated to English as Consumers' Co-operative Societies (1921).
  • A History of Economic Doctrines from the Time of the Physiocrats to the Present Day, with Charles Rist; tr. R. Richards. London, George P. Harrap (1915).
  • Les Colonies Communistes et Co-Operatives (1930).
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