James Mill, Commerce Defended (1808)
the Publication of James Mill's Commerce Defended (1808)
Mill (1773-1836) was an early 19th century Philosophic
Radical, journalist, and editor from Scotland. He was very influenced
Bentham’s ideas about utilitarianism which he applied
to the study of British India, political economy, and electoral reform.
Mill wrote on the British corn laws, free trade, comparative advantage,
the history of India, and electoral reform. His son, John
after a rigorous home education, became one of the leading English
classical liberals in the 19th century. 2008 is the bicentennial aniversay
of the publication of his book Commerce
Defended. An Answer to the Arguments by which Mr. Spence, Mr. Cobbett,
and Others, have attempted to Prove that Commerce is not a source of
National Wealth (1808).
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