Scots in the Imperial Economy

T. M. Devine and John M. MacKenzie

in Scotland and the British Empire

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199573240
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731310 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series

Scots in the Imperial Economy

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This chapter examines the multifaceted relationships between Scotland and the imperial economy with special focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. There is emphasis both on the Scottish economic connections to empire in this period and their impact on the development of the Scottish domestic economy. Among the themes considered are the export markets for ships, steel and engineering products; the jute manufacture; the global Scottish shipping interest; overseas investment and banking; and the role of Scots in the south-east Asian and China trades. The reasons for Scottish hegemony in certain sectors are considered.

Keywords: trade; banking; jute; tea; shipbuilding; opium

Chapter.  11569 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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