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The Corn Laws

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ISBN13: 9781851964109
ISBN: 185196410X
Published: July 1998
Publisher: Pickering & Chatto Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: £545.00



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The pamphlets, newspaper articles and tracts in this collection provide source material for the study of the Anti-Corn Law campaigns of the 1830s and 1840s and their role in the formation of popular economics in Britain.;The 1815 Corn Law, passed at the end of the French Wars to ensure the continued profitability of British agriculture resulted in a debate which ended with the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846.;Opposition to the Corn Laws was focused by the foundation of the Manchester-based Anti-Corn Law League in 1838. The League's campaign for a complete repeal of the Corn Laws was not solely for unrestricted free trade (which itself raised the moral problem of trade in slave-produced sugar), but it also raised a variety of constitutional, social, moral and political issues. It adopted and developed new techniques in popular politics and was part of the loosely-defined general reformist movement of its time, which eventually provided the basis of the British Liberal Party.;The League held a market theory of wages and prices substantially different to the Ricardian labour theory of value and the Iron Law of Wages. it believed in an heavily-designed world which allowed unrestricted economic growth under conditions of free exchange. The repeal of the Corn Laws was widely perceived as the triumph of free trade theory in Britain. It marks the advent of the culture of free trade in British popular politics and was an important victory for the reform movement.;Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the repeal of the Corn Laws, the material in this collection offers a new view of the range and issues of the Anti-Corn Law campaign as well as its techniques and rhetoric.

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Contents:
Volume 1 Whig Free Trade - 1 Introduction; James Robert George Graham, Corn and Currency (1826); [John Rooke] A Cumberland Landowner, Free Trade in Corn: The Real Interest of the Landlord, and the True Policy of the State (1828); Earl Fitzwilliam, First, Second and Third Addresses to the Landowners of England on the Corn Laws (1839); Earl Fitzwilliam, 'A letter to the Bishop of Peterborough and the Clergy of England' (1840); J.W. Childers M.P., Remarks on the Corn Laws (1840); Hewitt Davis (Land Agent), The Effects of the Importation of Wheat Upon the Profits of Farming. Addressed to Agriculturists (1839) Volume 2 Whig Free Trade - 2 David Salomons, Esq., Reflections on the Operation of the Present Scale of Duty for regulating the importation of foreign corn, addressed to the Borders of Kent and Sussex Agricultural Association (1838); Thomas Jevons, The Prosperity of the Landholders Not Dependent on the Corn Laws (1840); Lord Brougham, 'Speech in the House of Commons on Tuesday, February 19, 1839, on moving for a Committee of the Whole House on the Corn Laws' (1839); Viscount Howick 'Speech on the Corn Laws', March 13th, 1839, (1839); C.P. Villiers M.P. 'Speech on the Corn Laws', on Wednesday, 1st of April, 1840, (1840) Free Trade and Irish Nationalism Daniel O'Connell, Observations on Corn Laws, on Political Pravity and Ingratitude, and on Clerical and Personal Slander, in the shape of A Meek and Modest Reply to the Second Letter of the Earl of Shrewsbury, Waterford, and Wexford, to Ambrose Lisle Phillips, Esq. (1842) Volume 3 Free Trade and Irish Nationalism (contd.) John O'Connell, The Commercial Injustices. Extract from appendix of A Report to the Repeal Association, on the General Case of Ireland for a Repeal of the Legislative Union (1843) James Wilson, Influences of the Corn Laws, as affecting all classes of the community, and particularly the landed interest (1840); James Wilson, Fluctuations of Currency, Comerce, and Manufactures; Referable to the Corn Laws (1840); James Wilson, The Economist: or the political, commercial, agricultural, and free trade journal. Preliminary number and prospectus (1843) Volume 4 Free Trade and Religion Conference of ministers of All Denominations on the Corn Laws. Report of the Conference... held in Manchester, August 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th, 1841 (1841); The Corn Laws Condemned on account of their Injustice and Immoral Tendency, by upwards of Five Hundred Ministers, of different denominations, Resident in Scotland (1842); William Anderson, 'The Corn and Provision Laws' (1843); Rev. Alexander Harvey, 'The Influence of the Provision Laws on Trade, Wages, and Society', delivered 21 December, 1842, (1843) Volume 5 Provincial Free Trade - Leeds, Manchester and the League Edward Baines, On the Moral Influence of Free Trade, and its effects in the prosperity of nations (1830); Edward Baines Jun., Reasons in Favour of Free Trade in Corn and against a Fixed Duty. In Three Letters to the Right Honourable Lord Joh