Journals Higher Education



Published: 22 January 2009

464 Pages | 17 colour plates, 18 halftones


ISBN: 9780199567324

Bookseller Code (AE)

Free Trade Nation

Commerce, Consumption, and Civil Society in Modern Britain

Frank Trentmann

  • Offers a historical perspective on current battles over globalization, trade, and democracy, showing how it was once Free Trade (not Fair Trade) that stood for values such as democracy, civil society, and international justice
  • Goes beyond cold economic theory to illuminate the culture of the Free Trade movement, the passion and drama that characterized it, and the doctrine's wider political implications
  • Shows how Free Trade created a new consumer identity and how important this new breed of morally aware and civic-minded consumer was in creating and defending an open global economy
  • Looks at the unravelling of Free Trade in the interwar period - and the lessons to be learned from it in the globalized world economy of the twenty-first century