The Politics of Commercial Treaties in the Eighteenth Century

Balance of Power, Balance of Trade

Editors: Alimento, Antonella, Stapelbroek, Koen (Eds.)

  • Offers a new paradigm for thinking about the political economy of the international order in the eighteenth century through the subject of commercial treaties 
  • Utilises commercial treaties to explore how European states with global economic portfolios work as a whole and how statesmen and political writers thought about reforming and stabilising it
  • Combines divergent historical methodologies with a transnational approach to explain hitherto unaccounted aspects of local, national politics and economic debates
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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. 

About the authors

Antonella Alimento is an Associate Professor in Modern History at the University of Pisa, Italy. Her main research interests are European eighteenth-century political and economic history, with a special focus on France.

Koen Stapelbroek is an Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and Associate Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on political economic thought in eighteenth-century Europe.

Reviews

“The Politics of Commercial Treaties in the Eighteenth Century is that rare book that changes the way scholars look at their field. Economic historians have tended to look at economic theory or the history of industry and growth.  This brilliantly conceived book instead examines commercial treaties in historical context, showing that they contain far more accurate information on the reality of economic policy than books of theories or even laws.  These treaties form a remarkable corpus of economic thought and policy.  Edited and designed with great breadth by Alimento and Stapelbroek, this book is essential reading for all economic historians, and I believe it will bring new interest into this extremely rich and overlooked field.” (Jacob Soll, University of Southern California, USA)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Trade and Treaties: Balancing the Interstate System

    Alimento, Antonella (et al.)

    Pages 1-75

  • Égalité, réciprocité, souveraineté: The Role of Commercial Treaties in Colbert’s Economic Policy

    Isenmann, Moritz

    Pages 77-103

  • The Anglo-Portuguese Methuen Treaty of 1703: Opportunities and Constraints of Economic Development

    Cardoso, José Luís

    Pages 105-124

  • The Anglo-French Treaty of Utrecht of 1713 Revisited: The Politics of Rivalry and Alliance

    Ahn, Doohwan

    Pages 125-149

  • The Treaty of Asiento between Spain and Great Britain

    Léon Sanz, Virginia (et al.)

    Pages 151-172

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Commercial Treaties in the Eighteenth Century
Book Subtitle
Balance of Power, Balance of Trade
Editors
  • Antonella Alimento
  • Koen Stapelbroek
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53574-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53574-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53573-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 472
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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