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Palgrave Macmillan

A Global History of Trade and Conflict since 1500

ISBN 9781137326829
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This volume is a major historical contribution to the enduring debate about whether trade makes peace more likely. In nine detailed historical case studies – spread over 500 years and spanning the globe - the contributors explore the dynamic between trade and conflict and examine the consequences of their intersection, direct and indirect, immediate and long term, anticipated and unexpected, transformative and destructive. The contributors break new ground by collectively showing that trade and conflict have been reciprocally constitutive: trade sparks conflict and conflict in turn provokes the adaptation of trade. Scholars who affirm a close association between trade and peace will have to take into account the close and persistent connection between trade and conflict, as will the makers of current trade policy.

Lucia Coppolaro is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal. She has written widely on General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the European Union's trade policy. She is the author of The Making of a World Trading Power: The European Economic Community (EEC) in the GATT Kennedy Round Negotiations (1963–67) (2013).

Francine McKenzie is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She is the author of Redefining the Bonds of Commonwealth, 1939-1948: The Politics of Preference (2002) and the co-editor of Parties Long Estranged: Canada and Australia in the Twentieth Century (2003) .

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Notes on Contributors
Introduction: The Intersection of Trade and Conflict Since 1500; Francine McKenzie
1. Trade and Conflict in the South China Sea: Portugal and China, 1514-1523; Timothy Brook
2. Portuguese Resilience in Global Trade: Military Motivation and Institutional Adaptation in the 16th and 17th Century Cape Route; Leonor Freire Costa
3. An Explosion of Violence: How the Haitian Revolution Rearranged the Trade Patterns of the Western Hemisphere; Steven Topik
4. Lifting the Continental Blockade: Britain, Portugal and Brazilian Trade in the Global Context of the Napoleonic Wars; José Luís Cardoso
5. Retreating from Globalisation: Britain and the Renewal of Imperial Trade Between the Two World Wars; Tim Rooth
6. Trade and Conflict in the Rhetoric of Winston Churchill; Richard Toye
7. War, Revolution and the Great Depression in the Global Wheat Trade, 1917-1939; Gregory P. Marchildon
8. Trading Blocs and Trading Blows: GATT's Conflictual Path to Trade Liberalisation, 1947-1967; Lucia Coppolaro and Francine McKenzie
9. Nixon's War with the International Economy; Thomas W. Zeiler
Conclusion: Dismissing the Kantian View of Trade and Peace; Renato G. Flôres Jr.

Timothy Brook
Leonor Freire Costa, Professor, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal 
Steven Topik, Professor, UNiversity of California, USA
José Luís Cardoso, Professor, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Tim Rooth, Professor, University of Portsmouth, UK
Richard Toye, University of Exeter, UK
Gregory P. Marchildon, Researcher, University of Regina, USA
Thomas W. Zeiler
Renato G. Flôres Jr., Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Brazil


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