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Dundee, jute and empire
Dundee, jute and empire

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1 Dundee: a case study

Throughout this course you will focus on a case study of one town, the city of Dundee in eastern Scotland, and its close connection with jute, a fibre grown in Bengal that was widely used for packaging in the nineteenth century. Exploring such a huge subject as empire through an apparently rather narrow study may seem unusual, but this approach is one historians often use to examine broad issues in greater detail. The case study also makes it possible to look at a range of sources used by economic and social historians.