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Free Trade
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[German Version]

When foreign trade is free of competition-limiting state intervention, we speak of free trade. The classics of national economics already had it as one of their main tenets. They justified it philosophically and by its prosperity increasing effects. But the disputes of that time already demonstrate the degree of difficulty in accomplishing free competition between domestic and foreign vendors. Success in breaking the opposition of the landed gentry and adopting a liberalization of…

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Sautter, Hermann, “Free Trade”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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