Peter Chardon Brooks Adams was an American historian, political scientist and a critic of capitalism. He graduated from Harvard University in 1870 and studied at Harvard Law School in 1870 and 1871, Adams believed that commercial civilizations rise and fall in predictable cycles. First, masses of people together in large population centers. As their desire for wealth grows, they discard spiritual and creative values and their greed leads to distrust and dishonesty, and eventually the society crumbles. In The Law of Civilization and Decay, Adams noted that as new population centers emerged in the west and he predicted in Americas Economic Supremacy that New York would become the center of world trade. His maternal grandfather was Peter Chardon Brooks, the wealthiest man in Boston at the time of his death and he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1918. The 1900 US Census shows Brooks Adams as living in Quincy, the Census report also shows he married Evelyn Davis around 1890. The census does not show the couple having any children, the Emancipation of Massachusetts, The Dream and the Reality, Houghton Mifflin Company,1919. The Gold Standard, An Historical Study, Alfred Mudge & Son,1894, the Law of Civilization and Decay, An Essay on History, The Macmillan Company,1895. Americas Economic Supremacy, The Macmillan Co.1900, the New Empire, The Macmillan Company,1902. Railways as Public Agents, A Study in Sovereignty, Boston,1910, theory of Social Revolutions, The Macmillan Company,1913. The Spanish War and the Equilibrium of the World, The Forum 25, the New Struggle for Life Among Nations, McClures Magazine 12, April 1899. Englands Decadence in the West Indies, The Forum, June 1899, War and Economic Competition, Scribners 31, March 1902. John Hay, McClures Magazine 19, June 1902, Legal Supervision of the Transportation Tax, The North American Review, September 1904. Nature of Law, Methods and Aim of Legal Education, in, Centralization and the Law, Scientific Legal Education. Boston, Little, Brown & Company,1906, in, Centralization and the Law, Scientific Legal Education. Boston, Little, Brown & Company,1906, a Problem in Civilization, The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. CVI,1910. The Collapse of Capitalistic Government, The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. CXI,1913, Henry Adams, The Degradation of the Democratic Dogma, with an introduction by Brooks Adams
Brooks Adams, photographed in 1910.
Image: Brooks Adams with horse and dog, photograph by Marian Hooper Adams, ca. 1883