Richard Cobden (1804 65) was the leading liberal thinker of his
generation, and it was primarily through his efforts that the Corn
Laws were repealed and that classical liberalism became the
dominant political theory of the United Kingdom for over half a
century. His first pamphlet was published in 1835 and his last in
1862. This collection was published two years after his death, and
was regularly reprinted on both sides of the Atlantic well into the
twentieth century. Volume 1 includes Cobden's first two pamphlets,
England, Ireland and America and Russia, which argue that British
foreign policy benefited only the 'establishment' while the
ordinary people were forced, through excessive taxation, to finance
military adventures. Advocating free trade, low taxation, reduced
military spending and improvements to popular education, he
suggests Britain should concentrate on improving conditions in
Ireland rather than engage in sabre-rattling in the face of Russian
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||Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century
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||Paperback - Trade
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