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British Protectionism and the International Economy : Overseas Commercial Policy in the 1930s - Tim Rooth

British Protectionism and the International Economy

Overseas Commercial Policy in the 1930s

By: Tim Rooth

Hardcover Published: 28th May 1993
ISBN: 9780521416085
Number Of Pages: 374

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When, in the winter of 1931-2, Britain abandoned first the gold standard and then free trade, two potent symbols of her nineteenth-century international economic predominance had gone within the space of little more than six months. Tim Rooth's comprehensive study in the political economy of protectionism examines the forces behind the abandonment of free trade and the way that Britain then used protection to bargain for trade advantages in the markets of her chief suppliers of food and raw materials. Dr Rooth also examines Britain's economic relations with Germany and the USA in the deteriorating international political situation of the late 1930s. The retreat from multilateral trade policies, the growth of protection and the concomitant development of regional economic groupings have obvious parallels with current developments in the world economy.

"...the study makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of the 1930s." American Historical Review "This thorough account of the complexities and frustration of bilateral trade negotiations in conditions of widespread unemployment is a moral tale for policymakers and a valuable contribution to the history of international economic policy." Journal of Economic History "...a most learned book, performing a task which had to be done at some time. Specialists will be most grateful for it, and others will gain some insight into the narrow world of the 1930's." Sidney Pollard, The International History Review

Britain's international economic position in the 1920s
The political economy of protectionism
Imperial preference and the Ottawa conference
The Scandinavian negotiations: formulation of policy
Completion of the first phase of negotiations: Scandinavia, Germany and Argentina
The World Economic Conference, Finland and Japanese competition
The Baltic states and Poland
British agricultural policy and imports during the 1930s
British exports to the trade agreement countries
Appeasing Germany and the United States
Some general conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521416085
ISBN-10: 0521416086
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 374
Published: 28th May 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.66