Paul Young's Globalization and the Great Exhibition: The Victorian New PDF

By Paul Young

This booklet examines the nice Exhibition as a decisive second within the formation of a capitalist international photo. In so doing it foregrounds a imaginative and prescient of peace and growth which took carry of British society, in the Crystal Palace and past. It emphasizes too that this Victorian figuring out of world order legitimized imperial ambition.

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And so, if it was extended by a figure who could claim to have other people’s best interests at heart, it was only because such sentiment coincided with his own material welfare. Notwithstanding, Victorian observers could continue to insist that the offer was genuine, and that the familial order thus engendered would see all flourish at the expense of none. Unsurprisingly then, Exhibition commentary played up the idea that Bull’s palatial pronouncements were received positively by his global audience.

Two points arise here. First, the developments of 1846 meant that the free trade lobby had a significant and concrete measure to which to attach claims concerning the onset of a new world order. Second, and interlinked, since free trade was felt to have a founding father in Adam Smith, now more than ever commentators could stress the crucial role played by Smith’s nation in realizing this era. No-one articulated these two points more clearly or forcefully than members of the Manchester-based Anti-Corn Law League, headed up by John Bright and Richard Cobden.

First, the developments of 1846 meant that the free trade lobby had a significant and concrete measure to which to attach claims concerning the onset of a new world order. Second, and interlinked, since free trade was felt to have a founding father in Adam Smith, now more than ever commentators could stress the crucial role played by Smith’s nation in realizing this era. No-one articulated these two points more clearly or forcefully than members of the Manchester-based Anti-Corn Law League, headed up by John Bright and Richard Cobden.

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