International Trade Relations

The Commercial Revolution of the Middle Ages, 950-1350, by Robert S. Lopez (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1976). Explains how an economically backward Europe was transformed by the revolutionary expansion of trade that led to "a thousand years of virtually uninterrupted growth."

Free Trade: Necessary Foundation for World Peace, ed. by Joan Kennedy Taylor (Irvington-On-Hudson, N.Y.: Foundation for Economic Education, 1986). A collection of essays showing the close relationship between free trade and peace; "where goods cannot cross borders, armies will."

Protection or Free Trade, by Henry George (1886; various editions). Still one of the best statements of the free trade position, with logical refutations of protectionist fallacies.

Endless Enemies, Jonathan Kwitny (New York: Congdon and Weed, 1984). Shows how foreign interventionism subverts the market and creates enemies for Western society.

The World Between the Wars, 1919-39: An Economist's View, by Joseph S.Davis (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1975). The best economic history of the interwar period, both in America and on the international scene. Looks at the Depression, government's response, protectionism, and more. A crucially important book.

A History of the World Economy: International Economic Relations Since 1850, by James Foreman-Peck (Totowa, N.J.: Barnes and Noble, 1983). A history of world trade that shows the benefits of free trade.

The Fair Trade Fraud, by James Bovard (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991). This book presents a careful and very readable analysis and refutation of myths about international trade.

Tyranny Unmasked, by John Taylor (1822; reprint, Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1992). A devastating attack on the protective tariff and mercantilist policies in particular, and on statism in general, by the foremost philosopher of the Jeffersonian radicals of the early national period in American history.

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