This fascinating work, originally published in 1873, is a thoroughly recommended read for any political economist or historian. A comprehensive and informative look at the subject that was intended to refute some of the arguments urged against the Freedom of Trade at the time of the book’s publication. Its 241 pages read as an extended essay written in a personal and engaging style. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
The term "free trade" is often bandied about by politicians and activists on both sides of the political spectrum -- but what does it really signify? In this concise volume, French economist Frederic Bastiat offers a comprehensive definition of what a market characterized by unconstrained trade looks like.