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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.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this 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.

First Published: 09/08/2012

Updated: 21/04/2017

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