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Paper and the British Empire
The Quest for Imperial Raw Materials, 1861–1960

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ISBN 9780367341565
December 28, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Paper and the British Empire examines the evolution of the paper industry within British organisational frameworks, and highlights the role of the Empire as a market and business-making area in a world of shrinking commerce and rising trade barriers.

Drawing on a valuable range of primary sources, this book covers the period 1861-1960 and examines events from the establishment of free trade backed by the gold standard to Britain’s membership of the European Free Trade Association. In the field of the paper industry, the speed and intensity of the industrialisation process around the globe has been shaped by a wide variety of variables including the surrounding institutional framework, entrepreneurial and organisational strategies, the cost and accessibility of transport, and the availability of capital, knowledge, energy resources and technology. The supply of papermaking raw materials has also been key, and has historically been the most important determinant for geographical location and dominance. The research in this work focuses on the roles played by such variants, on the one hand, and demand characteristics on the other. In particular, it considers developments connected to a quest for Empire-grown raw materials in order to tackle the problem of the lack of indigenous raw materials and the resulting dependence on Scandinavian wood pulp imports.

This text is of considerable interest to advanced students and researchers in economic history, business history and the paper industry, and will also be useful to organisations working within the pulp and paper industries.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. The Political Economy of Raw Materials in the Global Paper Industry 1861–1960
Chapter 3. The Esparto Grass Trade
Chapter 4. The Pursuit of Wood Pulp
Chapter 5. Bamboo for Papermaking
Chapter 6. The Paper Trade and the British Empire
Chapter 7. A Retrospective View of the British Paper Industry
Chapter 8. Conclusions

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Timo Särkkä is a Docent in Economic History at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Department of History and Ethnology. He specialises in global economic history with an emphasis on economic imperialism.