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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume IV: The Twentieth Century$
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Judith Brown and Wm Roger Louis

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205647

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205647.001.0001

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Imperialism and After: The Economy of the Empire on the Periphery

Imperialism and After: The Economy of the Empire on the Periphery

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(p.357) 15 Imperialism and After: The Economy of the Empire on the Periphery
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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume IV: The Twentieth Century
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B. R. TOMLINSON

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205647.003.0015

This chapter examines the nature of the post-colonial economy as well as the economic principles of the colonial system itself. In particular, it describes the economic history of the Imperial periphery — the overseas territories that were part of the British Empire in 1914 — from the turn of the century to the present day. It also investigates the patterns and structures of economic activity within the Imperial economic system, both before and after the British crises of the 1930s and 1940s. In addition, it considers the problems faced by Commonwealth countries in securing growth and development in the much more complex circumstances of the post-Imperial global economy of the last three decades. It is suggested that British rule did not leave a substantial legacy of wealth, health, or happiness to the majority of the subjects of the Commonwealth.

Keywords:   British Empire, post-colonial economy, Imperial economic system, imperialism, Imperial periphery, Commonwealth, British rule

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