To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. Sir Andrew Shonfield, the British economist, writer and editor, died on Friday in London, his friends have reported. He was 63 years old and had homes in London and Florence, where he was a professor of economics at the European University Institute. The book dealt with the relationship between government and business and with the workings of modern industrial economies.
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Share via Email Zuzanna Shonfield, who has died aged 81, had a zest for life and a great capacity for friendship.
Only she could have brought together - at her Italian villa - the children of a s Conservative cabinet minister and those of a leading British Trotskyist. Or, as a s student and Communist, arrive at a Oxford university Labour club hop in a Schiaparelli ball gown. Indeed her family believe she wrote a substantial part of the latter work. Zuzanna was born in Warsaw, into a wealthy, cultured Jewish-cum-Roman Catholic family. Their fashionable home was in a building designed by her grandfather.
In she went to Somerville college, Oxford to read French and German. She soon switched to politics, philosophy and economics and joined the Communist party. In she married Andrew Shonfield, and now out of the Communist party, went to work in a factory.
From until the birth of her son in , she was a market researcher. Zuzanna, a British citizen who also managed to be Polish, Jewish, Catholic, English - and even a little Italian - was not a woman deterred by conflicting viewpoints.
Many of her immense and variegated company of friends she had shared with Andrew; he too was a cosmopolitan polymath whose career took him from Oxford and the Financial Times to a chair at the University of Europe in Florence. She was eager to hear what others had to say, and always had perceptive comments, whether it be the latest novel, biography or film, English convulsions over the European Union or the quirky toughness of Indian democracy.
Her intelligence and generosity of spirit kept Zuzanna Shonfield as young in personality as the Somerville undergraduate of the 30s. She understood England better, through reading and observation, than many of the natives of this part of Europe. Her son and daughter survive her.
Oxford University Press. Andrew Shonfield has taken a long, close look at postwar capitalism in the developed West and concluded that it has achieved a dazzling success. It has confounded the prophets of disaster, both socialists on the Left and classical liberals on the Right. It has not only avoided the cyclical traumas of the past but has built a network of movable defenses against even brief reductions in total output. It has generated a growing conviction that production and incomes can rise on an ever-ascending, if uneven, curve, and this very expectation has tended to become self-realizing.
Obituary: Zuzanna Shonfield
Andrew N. Schofield