title={ADAM SMITH AS ADVOCATE OF EMPIRE, c. 1870–1932*},
  author={Marc-William Palen},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  pages={179 - 198}
  • M. Palen
  • Published 29 January 2014
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ABSTRACT This article examines how The wealth of nations (1776) was transformed into an amorphous text regarding the imperial question throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Adam Smith had left behind an ambiguous legacy on the subject of empire: a legacy that left long-term effects upon subsequent British imperial debates. In his chapter on colonies, Smith had proposed both a scheme for the gradual devolution of the British empire and a theoretical scheme for imperial… 
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