1st Edition

Gentlemanly Capitalism and British Imperialism
The New Debate on Empire

ISBN 9780582327825
Published February 25, 1999 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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.

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