This book traces the changing meanings of free trade over the
past century through three sugar treaties and their concomitant
institutions. The 1902 Brussels Convention is an example of how free
trade buttressed the British Empire. The 1937 International Sugar
Agreement is a story of how a group of Cubans renegotiated their state's
colonial relationship with the US through free trade doctrine and the
League of Nations. And the study of the 1977 International Sugar
Agreement maps the world of international trade law through a plethora
of institutions such as the ITO, UNCTAD, GATT and international
commodity agreements – all against the backdrop of competing Third World
agendas. Through a legal study of free trade ideas, interests and
institutions, this book highlights how the line between the state and
market, domestic and international, and public and private is always a
matter of contest.
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