Free Trade and the Early Victorians: The Corn Laws Repealed, 1846
This chapter discusses the political and economic implications of the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846. Britain’s abandonment of the tariffs, which had protected agriculture for centuries, launched it into an unprecedented course, seeking to lead the world towards a peaceful order based on free commercial exchange between individuals and nations. The repeal in 1846 is seen as the culmination of the impact of enlightened economic ideas upon policy-making.
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