French economic liberalism and the colonial issue at the beginning of the Second colonial Empire (1830-1870)
This article examines the foundations of the colonial economics of the liberalism in 1830-1870 in France. The paper illustrates the ambiguous position of liberal economists in the colonial project especially in Algeria. According to the liberal thought, the colonial project is a step toward the civilisation, the equity and the abundance. The colonial conquest represents also an expression for the individual initiative. However the colonisation has a high level of economic cost. So it might not be, according to the majority of the liberal economists, the priority to invest in these projects for the capitalist nations.
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