Originally published in 1932, this book was written by the British economic historian Charles Ryle Fay (1884-1961). The text presents a discussion regarding the socio-economic history of the Corn Laws, written at a time when it had 'been decided to once again tax or restrict the nation's bread'. Detailed notes are incorporated throughout. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the Corn Laws and British history.
Preface; 1. The significance of the Corn Laws in English history; 2. The economics of the corn bounty, 1688-1765; 3. Policy in transition, 1765-1815; 4. Digression upon the corn trade around 1800; 5. 1815 on trial; 6. The league and repeal; 7. The effect of the Corn Laws on the price of corn, 1815-46; 8. Huskisson and imperial statesmanship; 9. The Corn Laws and social thought; Appendix. Two speeches of Robert Peel; Index.