The publication by Longman of P J Cain and A.G. Hopkins two-volume study of "British Imperialism" (1688-1914; 1914-1994) caused a sensation amongst historians of European imperialism and economic international history. The theory of `gentlemanly capitalism' - the complex of economic, social and political power centring on the City of London - which they developed to explain Britain's imperial expansion has since been expanded , both in its original theory and its implications. Here now is a purpose-built volume prepared in collaboration with the original authors which reviews the latest state of scholarship in the field and develops it further.
1. Introduction: Exploring the Cain/Hopkins Paradigm, Issues for Debate; Critique and Topics for New Research. 2. Gentlemanly Capitalism and British Economic Policy, 1880-1914, The Debate Over Bimetallism and Protectionism.
3. Profit and Power: Informal Empire, the Navy and Latin America. 4. The Late Nineteenth Century Imperialist: Specification, Quantification and Controlled Conjectures. 5. Economic Power at the Periphery: Canada, Australia and South Africa 1850-1914. 6. Imperial Economic Controls Through Sterling in the Twentieth Century. 7. British Informal Empire in the Far East 1880-1939: A Japanese Perspective. 8. Gentlemanly Capitalism and the Raj: British Policy in India Between the World Wars. 9. Gentlemanly Capitalism and Empire in the Twentieth Century: the Forgotten Case of Malaya. 10. The Theory and Practice of British Imperialism.