British colonial rule of the tropics is the critical background to contemporary development issues. This study of Britain's economic and political relationship with its tropical colonies provides detailed analyses of trade and policy. The considerations of past successes and failures elucidate current opportunities and developments. No other book covers this broad topic with such detail and clarity.
`As a clear and accessible synthesis of wide-ranging material, this book will be a useful introductory text for undergraduates, and a valuable point of reference for specialist in the field.' - Jrnl of Imperial & Commonwealth History
`The book provides an excellent summary of recent research as well as supplying insights from new archival material.' - Economic History Review
`The statistics are fascinating, the comparisons illuminating, and the whole work has a firm chronological framework which carries the story across the great economic watersheds of the modern colonial century.' - History Today