By Gary B. Magee, Andrew S. Thompson

Concentrating on the nice inhabitants circulate of British emigrants sooner than 1914, this ebook presents a brand new point of view at the dating among empire and globalisation. It indicates how certain buildings of monetary chance built round the those that settled throughout a much broader British global in the course of the co-ethnic networks they created. but those networks restrict and deform fiscal progress. The strong allure of ethnic identity usually made alternate and funding with racial 'outsiders' much less beautiful, thereby skewing financial actions towards groups seemed to be 'British'. by way of highlighting the significance of those networks to migration, finance and alternate, this booklet contributes to debates approximately globalisation some time past and current. It finds how the networks upon which the period of recent globalisation used to be outfitted fast grew to become in on themselves after 1918, changing racial, ethnic and sophistication tensions into protectionism, nationalism and xenophobia. warding off such an final result is a problem confronted this day.

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23 In the pages that follow we explain how the migration of the British peoples during the ‘long’ nineteenth century was integral to the birth of a British World economy. 24 Yet, at the same time, information flows engendered by such a culturally and ethnically led expansion of economic activity tended to make comparable activity with racial or other ‘outsiders’ relatively less appealing. These flows skewed trade, investment and migration patterns, for a time at least, further towards those perceived as being ‘British’.

Ballantyne, Between Colonialism and Diaspora: Sikh Cultural Formations in an Imperial World (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006). 50 This view of the empire as a species of global networking is, however, not free from pitfalls. 52 But this still leaves several questions begging. Were all networks of equal significance? How do we set about evaluating those networks radiating in and out of Britain to the colonies, compared to those that meshed the different colonies together? What were the relative strengths of the impulses flowing through these different types of connection?

Even were their definition to be reworded as ‘countries that first experienced the impact of industrialisation’ it would still be contentious. 25 10 Empire and Globalisation example, according to Kevin O’Rourke and Jeffrey Williamson, it was this Atlantic region that industrialised first and experienced the ‘first great globalisation boom’. 29 Meanwhile, to many others, the view that imperial factors played no major role in the evolution of either global commodity or financial markets in the nineteenth century would seem, at the very least, contentious.

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