Special Forum: Proceedings from Northeastern University’s 2012 Graduate Student World History Conference on Empires and Technologies in World History
The Big Loaf and the First Opium War: Free Trade and Domestic Politics in the British Empire, 1813-1846
Short Title: The Big Loaf and the First Opium War
Abstract:,This paper argues that the Free Trade lobby’s attempts to make its primary concern into a lunch pail issue for the masses played a crucial role in providing the political cover for military adventures despite the pacifist inclinations of the leadership of the Anti-Corn-Law-League. This casts new light on the decision to use force against the Qing Empire during what would come to be the First Opium War.
Keywords: Corn Laws, anti-Corn Law, Free Trade Whigs, working class, Britain, Qing-British relations, First Opium War, East India Company, trade
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