1st Edition

British Economic Policy and Empire, 1919-1939

By Ian M. Drummond Copyright 2006
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    First Published in 2005. This volume looks at the period of 1919 to 1939 in British economic policy and the Empire, including documents on imperial policy.


    1. Patterns of trade, migration and capital movements

    2. the imperial vision: dream and action in the nineteen-twenties

    3. Ottawa and after: British protectionism and the Empire after the Nineteen-thirties

    4. Indian tarriffs, cottons, and Japanese competition, 1919-1939


    1. The United Kingdom Government commits itself to Imperial Preference and Empire Settlement at the first Imperial War Cabinet, 1917

    2. The Cabinet Committee on teh Trade Relations of the United Kingdom with the Empire broods upon a system of Imperial Preference, 1918

    3. The Government Emigration Committee transmits L.S. Amery's memorandum on Empire Settlement, 1919

    4. Members of the Government discuss enemployment and the state of trade, 1920

    5. The Cabinet Unemployment Committe urges the subsidization of emigrants, 1920

    6. The British Government warns certain dominions that they will be asked to contribute to migration schemes, 1920

    7. A Cabinet Decision, 1920

    8. The United Kingdom asks the Dominions to help with Empire Settlement, 1920

    9. The Empire Settlement Act of 1922

    10. Lord Milner's Tariff Advisory Committee reports, 1923

    11. Lord Arnold urges the Labour Government to eschew Imperial Preference, 1924

    12. Colonial Development Act, 1929

    13. The Prime Minister of Canada explains his strategy with respect to Imperial Preference

    14. J.H. Thomas begs his cabinet colleagues to take some decisions and make some concessions to the Dominions at the 1930 Imperial Conference

    15. South Africa's pessimism with respect to British tariff policy, 1930

    16. The permanent under-secretary in the Dominions Office explains British tactics to the British High Commissioner in Ottawa, 1931

    17. Sir William Clark reports a telephone conversation with the Prime Minister of Canada, 1932

    18. The British government tells the Dominions to speed their Ottawa preparations and to make reasonable requests and concessions, 1932

    19. A further conversation between Sir William Clark and R.B. Bennett, 1932

    20. The Australian Prime Minister suggests that Australia and Canada coordinate their schemes, 1932

    21. The agenda for the Ottawa conference, 1932

    22. The committee of officials reminds teh British Government that it must decide many things before the Ottawa Conference, 1932

    23. The Canadian Prime Minister expresses his displeasure with teh aid which the Canadian Manufacturer's Association has given him, 1932

    24. the state of the Conference: 'Appreciation' sent to London, 1932

    25. Frederick Field reports on the proceedings at the Ottawa Conference, 1932

    26. R.B. Bennett and strategy at the Ottawa Conference: advice and assumptions, 1932

    27. R.B. Bennett and the proceedings at Ottawa, 1932

    28. The Ottawa Agreements with the principal Dominions and with India, 1932

    29. An Anglo-New Zealand custions union? 1933

    30. An economic general staff for the Empire? 1932-33

    31. J.H. Thomas warns Ramsey MacDonald about the tendencies in British agricultural policy, 1934

    32. J.H. Thomas and Walter Elliot discuss levy-subsidies, 1934

    33. Robert Menzies writes to Richard Casey about the Anglo-Australia meat talks of 1935

    34. A senior Dominions Office official writes informally to the British High Commissioner in Australia, explaining the meat talks, 1936

    35. The Cabinet Committee on trade and agriculture discuss the Dominions and trade policy, 1936

    36. A civil servant's parody of the Ottawa negotiations, 1932.


    Ian M. Drummond Professor of Economics, University of Toronto.