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Dundee, jute and empire


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This unit 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 unit 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 unit).

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