The Politics of Commercial Treaties in the Eighteenth Century: balance of power, balance of trade

Alimento, Antonella, and Stapelbroek, Koen (2017) The Politics of Commercial Treaties in the Eighteenth Century: balance of power, balance of trade. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland.

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Abstract

This book is the first study that analyses bilateral commercial treaties as instruments of peace and trade comparatively and over time. The work focuses on commercial treaties as an index of the challenges of eighteenth-century European politics, shaping a new understanding of these challenges and of how they were confronted at the time in theory and diplomatic practice. From the middle of the seventeenth century to the time of the Napoleonic wars bilateral commercial treaties were concluded not only at the end of large-scale wars accompanying peace settlements, but also independently with the aim to prevent or contain war through controlling the balance of trade between states. Commercial treaties were also understood by major political writers across Europe as practical manifestations of the wider intellectual problem of devising a system of interstate trade in which the principles of reciprocity and equality were combined to produce sustainable peaceful economic development.

Item ID: 69909
Item Type: Book (Edited)
ISBN: 978-3-319-53573-9
Copyright Information: © The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2021 04:40
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430308 European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman) @ 50%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430310 Global and world history @ 50%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130704 Understanding Europe’s past @ 100%
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