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Forming a Colonial Economy : Australia 1810-1850 - Noel George Butlin

Forming a Colonial Economy

Australia 1810-1850

Hardcover Published: 20th June 2017
ISBN: 9780521440066
Number Of Pages: 256

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This broad-ranging book provides a comprehensive account of the development of Australia's colonial economy before the gold rushes. Noel Butlin's analysis of the developing economy includes background discussion of eighteenth-century British social, economic, and military history and a detailed demographic analysis of the Australian population over a period of sixty years. He goes on to explore the role of private investment in the economy and the way in which dependence on the British public purse was replaced by dependence on private British capital inflow. A key focus of the book is the extent to which the Australian economy was independent or externally driven, that is, the level of synergism between Australia and Britain. Within this framework, Noel Butlin discusses the central issues of human capital and funding and their impact on the formation of the Australian economy. Forming a Colonial Economydoes for the period to the 1840s what Noel Butlin's previous landmark economic histories have done for Australia from the 1860s to the 1890s. It is an ambitious and imaginative book that marks the culmination of a life's work.

"Published posthumously, this well-written "prequel" is a comprehensive and original discussion of the colonial peopling of Australia from 1788 to the 1850s. ... All libraries interested in environmental history, economic theory, and 19th-century British or Australian development should aquire this book. Upper-division undergraduates and above." Choice "This volume is perhaps most original for its foray into the largely unexplored topics of early public finance in Australia and the effect of British fiscal policies. It adds appreciably to the corpus of Butlin's work." American Historical Review

List of tables
List of figures
Acknowledgements
Forming an Economy: Introduction
The Colonial Peoplng of Australia: 1788-1850
Introduction
Gross additions to the Australian population
The colonial population stock
Human capital in convicts
Public Funding of Colonial Development: 1788-1850
Introduction
British fiscal characteristics
The imperial fisc in New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land
Broad relations between British and Australian fiscs to 1821
The beginning of local budgeting: real and subterranean budgets
The conventional legal fisc in NSW: 1822-1950
The Colonial Australian Economy 1810-1840: A Historical, Statistical and Analytical Account
Summary and questions
Towards a private market economy in Australia 1810-1840
Structural adjustment and development 1810-1840
Growth performance
Instability with special reference to the Depression of the 1840s and recovery
Bibliography
Appendices
Index
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ISBN: 9780521440066
ISBN-10: 0521440068
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 20th June 2017
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.7