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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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British Policy, Trade, and Informal Empire in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

British Policy, Trade, and Informal Empire in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

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(p.101) 6 British Policy, Trade, and Informal Empire in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century
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Martin Lynn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205654.003.0006

This chapter explores, from a metropolitan perspective, the government's approach to the expansion of British influence beyond the territorial British Empire in the mid-nineteenth century, and the nature of the relationship that developed between Britain and several regions where such expansion occurred. It primarily concentrates on economics because commercial and financial intervention was recognized at the time as critical to reshaping such areas in Britain's interests, however those interests were ultimately defined. It also provides a general assessment of both Britain's success in this reshaping and the degree to which, in these years, the British economy in practice asserted its influence over such regions outside the colonial Empire. Free trade was a principle that involved British economic expansion overseas and implied an important role for the British government in the encouragement of this. In the mid-nineteenth century, British economic and political influence overseas expanded considerably.

Keywords:   financial intervention, free trade, colonial Empire, commercial intervention, British government, economic expansion, British economy

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