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Forging a British World of Trade

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Brexit is likely to lead to the largest shift in Britain's economic orientation in living memory. Some have argued that leaving t... Weiterlesen
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Brexit is likely to lead to the largest shift in Britain's economic orientation in living memory. Some have argued that leaving the EU will enable Britain to revive markets in Commonwealth countries with which it has long-standing historical ties. Their opponents maintain that such claims are based on forms of imperial nostalgia which ignore the often uncomfortable historical trade relations between Britain and these countries, as well as the UK's historical role as a global, rather than chiefly imperial, economy. Forging a British World of Trade explores how efforts to promote a 'British World' system, centred on promoting trade between Britain and the Dominions, grew and declined in influence between the 1880s and 1970s. At the beginning of the twentieth century many people from London, to Sydney, Auckland, and Toronto considered themselves to belong to culturally British nations. British politicians and business leaders invested significant resources in promoting trade with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa out of a perception that these were great markets of the future. However, ideas about promoting trade between 'British' peoples were racially exclusive. From the 1920s onwards, colonized and decolonizing populations questioned and challenged the basis of British World networks, making use of alternative forms of international collaboration promoted firstly by the League of Nations, and then by the United Nations. Schemes for imperial collaboration amongst ethnically 'British' peoples were hollowed out by the actions of a variety of political and business leaders across Asia and Africa who reshaped the functions and identity of the Commonwealth.


David Thackeray's work has explored the political culture of modern Britain and its involvement in trade networks. Having undertaken his PhD at Cambridge he is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter. With Andrew Thompson and Richard Toye, he has edited Imagining Britain's Economic Future, c.1800-1975: Trade, Consumerism, and Global Markets (2018).


Titel: Forging a British World of Trade
Untertitel: Culture, Ethnicity, and Market in the Empire-Commonwealth, 1880-1975
EAN: 9780192548665
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Hersteller: Oxford University Press
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 272
Veröffentlichung: 31.01.2019
Dateigrösse: 3.3 MB
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