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Cobden: Liberty and Peace

This is a Reading List based upon a Liberty Fund conference on “Liberty and Peace in the Life and Works of Richard Cobden.”

Liberty and Peace in the Life and Works of Richard Cobden

Guide to the Readings

Editions used:

See also:

For additional reading see:

Session I: Free Trade

Bright, John and Thorold Rogers, James E. Speeches on Questions of Public Policy by Richard Cobden, (London: Macmillan, 1903)

Session II: Limited Government

Bright, John and Thorold Rogers, James E. Speeches on Questions of Public Policy by Richard Cobden, (London: Macmillan, 1903)

Morley, John The life of Richard Cobden, (London: T Fisher Unwin, 1906)

Session III: Peace and War

Bright, John and Thorold Rogers, James E. Speeches on Questions of Public Policy by Richard Cobden, (London: Macmillan, 1903)

Cobden Richard, Political Writings, (London: T Fisher Unwin, 1903)

Session IV: Cobden’s View of The U.S. and The Civil War

Cobden Richard, “America” in Political Writings

Hobson, J A Richard Cobden: The International Man, (London: T Fisher Unwin, 1919) “The Civil War and The Sumner Letters” (Extracts) - not available online

Session V: Critical Views

Archibald Alison, Essays: Political, Historical, and Miscellaneous, (Edinburgh: Blackwoods, 1850) pgs, 362-388 and 618-660 - not available online

Friedrich List “Introduction” to The National System of Political Economy in Margaret E Hirst The life of Friedrich List (London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1909) pgs, 286-318 - not available online

Session VI: Contemporary and Subsequent Views of Cobden

Sir Louis Mallet “The Political Opinions of Richard Cobden” (1867) in Political Writings

M Paul Leroy-Beaulieu “Richard Cobden: His Work and the Outcome of His Ideas” in Richard Cobden and the Jubilee of Free Trade, (London: T Fisher Unwin, 1896) pgs 77-126 - not available online

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