Looking for an examination copy?
If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact email@example.com providing details of the course you are teaching.
Following the Second World War, the United States would become the leading 'neoliberal' proponent of international trade liberalization. Yet for nearly a century before, American foreign trade policy was dominated by extreme economic nationalism. What brought about this pronounced ideological, political, and economic about-face? How did it affect Anglo-American imperialism? What were the repercussions for the global capitalist order? In answering these questions, The 'Conspiracy' of Free Trade offers the first detailed account of the controversial Anglo-American struggle over empire and economic globalization in the mid- to late-nineteenth century. The book reinterprets Anglo-American imperialism through the global interplay between Victorian free-trade cosmopolitanism and economic nationalism, uncovering how imperial expansion and economic integration were mired in political and ideological conflict. Beginning in the 1840s, this conspiratorial struggle over political economy would rip apart the Republican Party, reshape the Democratic Party, and redirect Anglo-American imperial expansion for decades to come.Read more
- Evaluates the Anglo-American struggle over empire and economic globalization in the mid- to late-nineteenth century
- Connects the history of ideas with the history of political economy
- Proposes a new interpretation of American imperialism
Reviews & endorsements
"In this boldly argued and richly detailed study, Marc-William Palen shows us why we should know much more than we do about the debate over the tariff in the nineteenth century. The 'Conspiracy' of Free Trade demonstrates how questions of tariffs and trade were ideologically charged and central to American conceptions of imperialism and global economic integration in the age of British power."
Jay Sexton, University of OxfordSee more reviews
"In this illuminating study, Marc-William Palen cuts across the conventional domestic versus foreign approach to American history, showing the role of trade politics as an instrument of a resurgent and highly influential American economic nationalism in the late nineteenth century. He makes clear the eddying global effects of trans-Atlantic controversies over tariffs upon the shaping of US imperialism and Anglo-American relations."
Ian Tyrrell, University of New South Wales, Australia
"In a US election year thick with controversy over the impact of free trade and globalisation on jobs and wages, Palen’s absorbing study of the nineteenth-century version of these debates is timely. The Exeter University historian contrasts the British commitment to free trade with what were the then dominant currents of US economic nationalism and protectionism."
Tony Barber, Financial Times (Summer Books 2016)
'The 'Conspiracy' of Free Trade … is a corrective to decades of historiography that laissez-faire doctrine guided the Gilded Age. On the contrary, Palen’s sophisticated look into Anglo-American dialogue and domestic political maneuverings show that 'ideological conflict between free traders and economic nationalists laid the imperial path for Anglo-American economic globalization' … His archival research is solid, though far surpassed by the extensive treatment of periodical and secondary sources; Palen has mined seemingly every commentary on the half century he covers.' Thomas Zeiler, E-International Relations (www.e-ir.info)
'Palen marshals considerable resources to challenge the Revisionist 'OpenDoor imperialism' thesis, and his work is deeply engaged with decades of secondary literature on trade policy and Anglo-American relations.' Nicole M. Phelps, Diplomatic History
'This is a fascinating story, and its one that Palen tells with admirable clarity and concision. Each of the nine main chapters deals with a different, and often quite diverse, subject, but the central organising theme of Cobdenite-Listian conflict remains always in focus.' Daniel Peart, H-Diplo Roundtable Review
Not yet reviewed
Be the first to review
Review was not posted due to profanity×
- Date Published: February 2016
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107109124
- length: 334 pages
- dimensions: 237 x 156 x 24 mm
- weight: 0.68kg
- contains: 15 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Globalizing ideologies: economic nationalism and free-trade cosmopolitanism, c.1846–60
2. 'The most successful lie in history': the Morrill Tariff and the Confederacy's free-trade diplomacy
3. Mobilizing free trade: the postbellum free-trade movement, foreign policy, and 'conspiracy', 1866–71
4. Fighting over free trade: party realignment and the imperialism of economic nationalism, 1872–84
5. The great debate: the first Cleveland presidency, free-trade culture, and the anti-imperialism of free trade, 1885–9
6. The cosmopolitan demand for North American commercial union, 1885–9
7. 'A sea of fire': the McKinley Tariff and the imperialism of economic nationalism, 1889–93
8. Free trade in retreat: the global impact of the McKinley Tariff upon the British Empire, 1890–4
9. Republican rapprochement: Cleveland's free traders, Anglo-American relations, and the 1896 presidential elections
Welcome to the resources site
Here you will find free-of-charge online materials to accompany this book. The range of materials we provide across our academic and higher education titles are an integral part of the book package whether you are a student, instructor, researcher or professional.
Find resources associated with this titleYour search for '' returned .
Type Name Unlocked * Format Size
*This title has one or more locked files and access is given only to instructors adopting the textbook for their class. We need to enforce this strictly so that solutions are not made available to students. To gain access to locked resources you either need first to sign in or register for an account.
These resources are provided free of charge by Cambridge University Press with permission of the author of the corresponding work, but are subject to copyright. You are permitted to view, print and download these resources for your own personal use only, provided any copyright lines on the resources are not removed or altered in any way. Any other use, including but not limited to distribution of the resources in modified form, or via electronic or other media, is strictly prohibited unless you have permission from the author of the corresponding work and provided you give appropriate acknowledgement of the source.
If you are having problems accessing these resources please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry, this resource is locked
Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email email@example.comRegister Sign in
You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.Continue ×