Marc-William Palen

Marc-William Palen is a lecturer in imperial history at the University of Exeter.

How Mark Twain Became a Free Trader

The 1888 Great Debate over US trade policy inspired literary luminaries like Walt Whitman and Mark Twain to take sides.

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When Protectionism Dominated American Politics

How the 1888 elections decided the protectionist course of U.S. economic expansion for decades to come.

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Trump and the Return of American Economic Nationalism

How the nineteenth-century battle between free trade and protectionism shaped the global economic order.

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Trade Secrets and the Return of the 99 Percent

What are the architects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreements trying to keep secret?

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Obama’s Atlantic Pivot

Would a transatlantic trade deal redefine the rules of global trade?

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