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Reviews of Free Trade Nation: Consumption, Civil Society and Commerce in Modern Britain

'Here we have "a human history of Free Trade" that is at once a delight to read and a cause of profound intellectual stimulation. It graphically brings alive -with splendid colour reproductions of propaganda posters too- the popular passions and prejudices of a world that suddenly ended during the First World War....This is a book imbued with fine scholarship, but one that deserves a wide readership', Peter Clarke, Times Literary Supplement
'This is terrific history that will inspire economists to remember their subject really can arouse passion.' Evan Davis, BBC economics editor
'Free Trade Nation is history at its best: far-reaching and authoritative, its story of the rise and fall of free trade as a widely-held belief marked by justice, fairness, and peace provocatively refashions the history of early-twentieth-century Britain, reminds us of an age when popular politics exerted real power, and forces us to rethink our contemporary views of consumers, markets and morality.' Professor John Brewer, California Insitute of Technology

Free Trade Nation: Commerce, Consumption, and Civil Society in Modern Britain by Frank Trentmann (Oxford University Press).

444 pp, 14 colour plates, 17 black and white halftones

February 2008


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