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Themes: Free trade
This page lists all the content on the site relevant to the role of free trade in Liberal History.

History (5)
Biographies (3)
Journal articles (4)
Events (2)
PhD theses (1)
Research (1)

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History
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Extract from Gladstone's 3rd Midlothian speech on foreign policy

Following his electoral defeat in 1874, Gladstone resigned the Liberal leadership and, in his sixties, hoped to spend the rest of his life in retirement. The Balkan Massacres of 1876 drew him back to...

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Free Trade and the Repeal of the Corn Laws

Belief in free trade became an enduring characteristic of British liberalism in the 19th century but its roots were complex. In part it stemmed from popular Radical hostility to monopoly in all its f...

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The Age of Russell and Palmerston , 1846-1868

The collapse of Sir Robert Peel's Conservative government, following the 1846 repeal of the Corn Laws, began a complex re-arrangement of British political parties; one that took more than a deca...

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Cobden on the repeal of the Corn Laws

Richard Cobden (1804-65) spearheaded the crusade for free trade, which remained a central plank of Liberalism across the ages. ...

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The 1931 general election

The National Government was formed in August 1931, following the failure of Ramsay Macdonald's minority Labour administration to deal with the mounting unemployment that was paralysing Britain. ...

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Biographies
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Biography of 1st Baron Keynes John Maynard Keynes


Maynard Keynes, John (Lord Keynes)

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Biography of David Ricardo


Ricardo, David

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Biography of Adam Smith


Smith, Adam

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Journal articles
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'Exchange goods, not bombs'

(from journal ' Liberal Democrat History Group Newsletter 9 ')


Free trade was one of the cornerstones of the Victorian Liberal Party. This article examines the Liberal record on trade from the repeal of the Corn Laws to the Uruguay Round.

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Exploding the delusion of protection

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal Democrat History 36 ')


A speech made by Richard Cobden in March 1845, near the climax of the campaign to abolish the Corn Laws.

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Lifelong campaigner

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 76 ')


Review of Bill Cash, John Bright: Statesman, Orator, Agitator (I. B. Tauris, 2011)

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Review: A tale of two symbols

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 65 ')


Review of Frank Trentmann, Free Trade Nation: Commerce, Consumption and Civil Society in Modern Britain.

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Events
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Exchange goods not bombs

Saturday 9 March 2002

Globalisation and its costs and benefits are at the heart of much of todays political debate. But intense debates on the liberalisation of international trade are by no means new. Free trade was one ...

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The Repeal of the Corn Laws

Wednesday 14 February 1996

The repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846 split the Tories for a generation, laid the foundations of the Victorian Liberal Party and ushered in nearly a century of free trade orthodoxy in economic policy. ...

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PhD theses
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Richard Cobden and the intellectual development and influence of the Manchester School of Economics


Manchester Ph.D. , 1976

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Research
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Letters of Richard Cobden (1804-65)

Knowledge of the whereabouts of any letters written by Cobden in private hands, autograph collections, and obscure locations in the UK and abroad for a complete edition of his letters.
(For further details of the Cobden Letters Project, please see www.uea.ac.uk/his/research/cobdenproject)

Dr Anthony Howe

Contact: School of History, University of East
Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ; a.c.howe@uea.ac.uk.

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