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Dundee, jute and empire
Dundee, jute and empire

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3.3 Summary

This section has looked at the rise of the Dundee jute industry and its subsequent difficulties. Overseas links have been emphasised: the raw material came from India and markets were global. Yet, the benefits of empire to Dundee remain hard to define. There is little to suggest that the switch to jute was facilitated by British rule in Bengal and imperial government was not used to protect Dundee’s staple.