The Political Writings of Richard Cobden: Volume 1

The Political Writings of Richard Cobden: Volume 1

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Richard Cobden (1804-65) was the leading liberal thinker of his generation, and it was primarily through his efforts that the Corn Laws were repealed and that classical liberalism became the dominant political theory of the United Kingdom for over half a century. His first pamphlet was published in 1835 and his last in 1862. This collection was published two years after his death, and was regularly reprinted on both sides of the Atlantic well into the twentieth century. Volume 1 includes Cobden's first two pamphlets, England, Ireland and America and Russia, which argue that British foreign policy benefited only the 'establishment' while the ordinary people were forced, through excessive taxation, to finance military adventures. Advocating free trade, low taxation, reduced military spending and improvements to popular education, he suggests Britain should concentrate on improving conditions in Ireland rather than engage in sabre-rattling in the face of Russian more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139094955
  • 9781139094955

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England, Ireland, and America: England; Ireland; America; Russia: Russia, Turkey, and England; Poland, Russia, and England; The balance of power; Protection of commerce; 1793 and 1853: 1. Belief concerning the last French war; 2. Historical sources of information; 3. Value of correct views of the more