The Politics of Commercial Treaties in the Eighteenth Century

Balance of Power, Balance of Trade

  • Antonella Alimento
  • Koen Stapelbroek

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Antonella Alimento, Koen Stapelbroek
    Pages 1-75
  3. Virginia Léon Sanz, Niccolò Guasti
    Pages 151-172
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 439-472

About this book


This book is the first study that analyses bilateral commercial treaties as instruments of peace and trade comparatively and over time. The work focuses on commercial treaties as an index of the challenges of eighteenth-century European politics, shaping a new understanding of these challenges and of how they were confronted at the time in theory and diplomatic practice. From the middle of the seventeenth century to the time of the Napoleonic wars bilateral commercial treaties were concluded not only at the end of large-scale wars accompanying peace settlements, but also independently with the aim to prevent or contain war through controlling the balance of trade between states. Commercial treaties were also understood by major political writers across Europe as practical manifestations of the wider intellectual problem of devising a system of interstate trade in which the principles of reciprocity and equality were combined to produce sustainable peaceful economic development. 


Industrial History Commercialism International Foreign Policy World trade Globalisation

Editors and affiliations

  • Antonella Alimento
    • 1
  • Koen Stapelbroek
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Civilta' e Forme del SapereUniversità di PisaPisaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Philosophy, History, Culture & Art Studies, Department of Public AdministrationUniversity of Helsinki & Erasmus University RotterdamHelsinki, Finland & RotterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-53573-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-53574-6
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