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Free Trade and Liberal England 1846–1946$
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Anthony Howe

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201465.001.0001

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The Cobdenite Moment and its Legacy

The Cobdenite Moment and its Legacy

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(p.274) 8 The Cobdenite Moment and its Legacy
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Free Trade and Liberal England 1846–1946
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Anthony Howe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201465.003.0008

This chapter considers both the forms and the limits of the transmission of the 19th-century, primarily Cobdenite, tradition of free trade. That tradition was one that embraced a fiscal policy of low and few revenue-sharing tariffs, a political order that emphasized free trade as a popular right to cheap food combined with an avoidance of oppression by vested interests, and a foreign policy that strove for the lowest level of armaments expenditure consistent with national safety; an empire based on sentiment, and a predisposition to the promotion of international intercourse by trade, culture, and ‘goodwill’.

Keywords:   armaments expenditure, cheap food, Cobden, fiscal policy, foreign policy, international intercourse

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