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Taxing Colonial Africa: The Political Economy of British Imperialism

Leigh A. Gardner


How much did the British Empire cost, and how did Britain pay for it? This volume explores a source of funds much neglected in research on the financial structure of the Empire, namely revenue raised in the colonies themselves. Requiring colonies to be financially self-sufficient was one of a range of strategies the British government used to lower the cost of imperial expansion to its own Treasury. Focusing on British colonies in Africa, the book examines how their efforts to balance their budgets influenced their relationships with local political stakeholders as well as the imperial governm ... More

Keywords: Africa, British Empire, taxation, public spending, colonialism, development, decolonization, public finance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199661527
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661527.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leigh A. Gardner, author
Lecturer in Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science; Research Fellow in African Economic History, Stellenbosch University