This book is a good source of economic understanding both for the student and practioner. It lays a good framework of mercantilism especially with a well researched historical background. A must to have for anyone who wants to understand the origins of outsourcing international trade. First Published in 1963. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Mercantilism in the 17th century: the mercantile system; the balance of trade controversy; struggle against the company's monopoly; the protectionist controversy. Part 2 The consumption of Indian textiles in England: change of fashions; Indian textile manufactures; English import trade in Indian textiles; increase of import trade in calicoes; alarming growth of calico fashions. Part 3 The discontent of English industries: English woollen and silk industries; industrial crisis; the sufferings of the industrial classes; how the weavers won over the gentry; early legislation against Indian import trade. Part 4 Protection "versus" free trade: the controversy; protectionism; the free trade view of Child and Davenant; the linen drapers' defence of free trade; the example of Holland; thoroughgoing free trade; was free trade of Tory origin?. Part 5 The prohibition of Indian textile imports: first attempts at legislation; the Bill of 1697; the Bill of 1699. Part 6 The fortunes of the calico trade (1700-1719): the effects of prohibition; calico printing in England; the beginnings of cotton manufacture; increased popularity of calicoes; growth of smuggling. Part 7 How protectionism finally triumphed: the weavers' riots, 1719; the weavers' grievances; the case before government; prohibition and after; appendices.