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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century$
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Andrew Porter

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205654.001.0001

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The Political Economy of Empire, 1880–1914

The Political Economy of Empire, 1880–1914

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(p.346) 16 The Political Economy of Empire, 1880–1914
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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century
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E.H.H. Green

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205654.003.0016

This chapter concentrates on the political economy of British Empire during 1880 to 1914. From the early 1880s the role and function of the Empire was examined in detail by both government institutions and other organizations, with the result that the relationship between Britain and its dominions and colonies was reconsidered at several levels. The basic parameters of constructive imperialist thought were established in the 1880s. The constructive imperialist argument for Imperial unity was in part a response to changes in the international environment. Imperial unity was both a means and an end for constructive imperialists. The great problem for constructive imperialism was that wartime enthusiasm for Empire proved less substantial in peacetime, and Imperial Preference proved less popular than had been hoped. Business interests in the colonies were also wary. In addition, constructive imperialism was handicapped from the outset.

Keywords:   political economy, Britain, dominions, colonies, Imperial unity, constructive imperialism, Imperial Preference

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