This contribution examines the debate about free ports: how they were defined after their creation, how they were then scrutinized and criticized, but also how they were transfigured in powerful, positive (even salvific) images and mythologies. Ultimately, despite a discontinuous history (free ports were continuously reconfigured, created, and cancelled) at an institutional level, this contribution shows how the concept of a free port became a well-established one, creating a lasting image which played a primary role in economic and political debates, and even in cultural imaginaries.

The free port debate: economic policies, international equilibria and mythologies (eighteenth-nineteenth century)

Giulia Delogu
2022

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This contribution examines the debate about free ports: how they were defined after their creation, how they were then scrutinized and criticized, but also how they were transfigured in powerful, positive (even salvific) images and mythologies. Ultimately, despite a discontinuous history (free ports were continuously reconfigured, created, and cancelled) at an institutional level, this contribution shows how the concept of a free port became a well-established one, creating a lasting image which played a primary role in economic and political debates, and even in cultural imaginaries.
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