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The wealth of a nation : a history of trade politics in America

Author: C Donald Johnson
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The United States is entering a period of profound uncertainty in the world political economy--an uncertainty which is threatening the liberal economic order that its own statesmen created at the end of the Second World War. The storm surrounding this threat has been ignited by an issue that has divided Americans since the nation's founding: international trade.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: C Donald Johnson
ISBN: 9780190865917 0190865911
OCLC Number: 1004255327
Awards: Winner of Received the Certificate of Merit for High Technical Craftsmanship and Utility to Lawyers and Scholars (Honorable Mention) from the American Society of International Law.
Description: xxi, 639 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : The battle in Seattle and Adam Smith --
PART ONE: FROM HAMILTON TO SMOOT-HAWLEY : THE RISE AND FALL OF THE US PROTECTIONIST SYSTEM. "A genuine American system" ; Crisis, compromise, and free trade in the Jacksonian democracy ; Civil War and robber barons ; The gilded age of protectionism ; Trade reform in the progressive era ; The roaring twenties and the path to Smoot-Hawley --
PART TWO: TRANSFORMATION : THE CREATION OF THE LIBERAL ECONOMIC ORDER. FDR and Cordell Hull ; The brain trust ; The dawn of the multilateral trading system ; The Anglo-American special relationship ; The postwar Atlantic Alliance ; The birth of GATT ; The Havana Charter --
PART THREE: THE SURVIVAL OF THE SYSTEM. A new economic order? ; Labor's love is lost ; Advancing worker rights beyond the WTO --
Conclusion: Donald Trump, the forgotten man, and the liberal economic order.
Responsibility: C. Donald Johnson.

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