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Dundee, jute and empire

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Britain was the first country to industrialise, and it acquired the largest empire ever during this same period. But its sphere of economic influence extended far beyond the boundaries of the formal British Empire. This free course, Dundee, jute and empire, focuses on the economics of empire, using a case study of one town, Dundee in eastern Scotland, to explore this huge topic.

By the end of this free course you should be able to:

  • understand some of the debates surrounding the economics of British imperialism;
  • describe how empire and trade shaped economic structures and urban society in late nineteenth-century Britain;
  • give examples of how Dundee's jute trade was influenced by British imperialism.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 12 hours
  • Updated Thursday 21st July 2011
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Heritage
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Dundee, jute and empire

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This course focuses on the economics of empire, and, in particular, of the British empire in the second half of the nineteenth century. It starts by introducing some of the debates surrounding the economics of British imperialism. It then goes on to explore how empire and imperial trade shaped economic structures and urban society in late nineteenth-century Britain.

To complete this course fully, you will need to buy Rachel C. Gibbons (ed.) (2006) Exploring History 1400–1900. An Anthology of Primary Sources, Manchester, Manchester University Press (for the Anthology Documents referred to throughout this course).

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course A200 Exploring history: medieval to modern 1400-1900 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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