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Mammon and the Pursuit of Empire : The Political Economy of British Imperialism, 1860-1912 - Lance E. Davis

Mammon and the Pursuit of Empire

The Political Economy of British Imperialism, 1860-1912


Published: 20th August 2009
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Historians have so far made few attempts to assess directly the costs and benefits of Britain's investment in empire. This book presents answers to some of the key questions about the economics of imperialism: how large was the flow of finance to the empire? How great were the profits on empire investment? What were the social costs of maintaining the empire? Who received the profits, and who bore the costs? The authors show that colonial finance did not dominate British capital markets; returns from empire investment were not high in comparison to earnings in the domestic and foreign sectors; there is no evidence of continued exploitative profits; and empire profits were earned at a substantial cost to the taxpayer. They depict British imperialism as a mechanism to effect an income transfer from the tax-paying middle class to the elites in which the ownership of imperial enterprise was heavily concentrated, with some slight net transfer to the colonies in the process.

The British Empire and the economics of imperialism: an introductory statement
The export of British finance: 1865-รด1914
British business and the profits from Empire
Government expenditure in support of business
The costs of defending an empire: the British and colonial taxpayer
British subsidies to the Empire: the nondefence component
The shareholders in imperial enterprises
The sources of government revenues
Empire, the special interests, and the House of Commons
Imperium economicus - in retrospect
Official documents
Private papers
Company records
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ISBN: 9780521118385
ISBN-10: 0521118387
Series: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modern History
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 20th August 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59