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Economic liberalism
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1. Principles

Economic liberalism is based on the ideas of political liberalism, but in the 19th century it developed into a movement in its own right. Economic liberalism can be taken to mean the aspiring bourgeoisie's practice of imposing economic and entrepreneurial interest by political means (cf. Middle class). Its main features were: the freeing of the economy from state guidelines, that is, in particular a low tax burden, free trade and freedom…

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Goldschmidt, Nils, “Economic liberalism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030422>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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