Empire and Globalisation: Networks of People, Goods and Capital in the British World, c.1850-1914

Empire and Globalisation: Networks of People, Goods and Capital in the British World, c.1850-1914

by Gary B. Magee, Andrew S. Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521898897

ISBN-13: 9780521898898

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Focusing on the great population movement of British emigrants before 1914, this book provides a perspective on the relationship between empire and globalisation. It shows how distinct structures of economic opportunity developed around the people who settled across a wider British World through the co-ethnic networks they created. Yet these networks could also

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Focusing on the great population movement of British emigrants before 1914, this book provides a perspective on the relationship between empire and globalisation. It shows how distinct structures of economic opportunity developed around the people who settled across a wider British World through the co-ethnic networks they created. Yet these networks could also limit and distort economic growth. The powerful appeal of ethnic identification often made trade and investment with racial 'outsiders' less appealing, thereby skewing economic activities toward communities perceived to be 'British'. By highlighting the importance of these networks to migration, finance and trade, this book contributes to debates about globalisation in the past and present. It reveals how the networks upon which the era of modern globalisation was built quickly turned in on themselves after 1918, converting racial, ethnic and class tensions into protectionism, nationalism and xenophobia. Avoiding such an outcome is a challenge faced today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521898898
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of tables

List of abbreviations

Introduction 1

1 Reconfiguring empire: the British World 22

2 Networks and the British World 45

3 Overseas migration 64

4 Markets and consumer cultures 117

5 Information and investment 170

Conclusion 232

Bibliography 245

Index 284

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