Good books on trade policies

Jason, a loyal MR reader, asks me in an email:

What is a good economic history of commerce and trade?  I’m looking for a book, preferably recent, with lots of historical examples of what trade policies can do.  It would be a bonus if it integrated theory in with the examples, but that isn’t necessary.  I’d also prefer a book written by an economist rather than a historian, since historians tend to get their theory wrong.  Rosenberg’s How the West Grew Rich comes to mind, but I wonder about other examples.

I say "Ask and ye shall receive."  You could try William J. Bernstein’s new A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World.  Readers, do you have other suggestions?


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