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Economic Prosperity in the British Empire

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This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Stephen Leacock (1869-1944)

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Title:Economic Prosperity in the British Empire
Leacock, Stephen Butler   
(17 of 77 for author by title)
Elements of Political Science
The Dry Pickwick and Other Incongruities
Published:   1930
Publisher:Butler & Tanner Ltd.
Tags:Canadiana, economics, non-fiction

This book is sent you by the Board of Trade of the town of Orillia, Ontario, Canada in the hope that it may help to draw attention to the opportunities for investment of British capital in the industries of Canada.

In "Economic Prosperity in the British Empire" Professor Stephen Leacock discusses the historical causes of its original fiscal disintegration, when Canada and Australia, though politically independent were in fact economically independent through the necessity of raising their own state revenue and the operation of the Free Trade School in England under Peel and Russell. From this he proceeds to discuss the general development of natural economic units and the causes which have delayed the development of the Empire as a single unit—a detailed study which deserves to be carefully read by all who are concerned to understand the present controversy over Empire Free Trade and what it portends for Britain and the World. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Leacock, Stephen Butler

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Stephen Leacock (1869-1944) was a Canadian author. Born in England, his family moved to Canada when he was six years old. The family settled in Sutton, Ontario on the south shore of Lake Simcoe. A bright student, he went to Upper Canada College where he was top of his class. After a brief stint at teaching (which he loathed) he eventually went on to become chair of the Department of Economics and Political Science at McGill University. Although he wrote several books on these august subjects, he is best known for his light satirical and humorous writing, in particular, "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town". (Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature)

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