A Companion to 19th-Century Britain by Chris Williams

By Chris Williams

A spouse to Nineteenth-Century Britain offers 33 essays through professional students on all of the significant elements of the political, social, fiscal and cultural heritage of england throughout the overdue Georgian and Victorian eras.

  • Truly British, instead of English, in scope.
  • Pays awareness to the stories of ladies in addition to of guys.
  • Illustrated with maps and charts.
  • Includes publications to extra reading.

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Britain’s net income therefore had depended on ‘invisibles’ – the income from the sale of shipping, commercial and financial services. This was a factor reinforced throughout the nineteenth century. In fact many had long argued that the adverse balance of trade did not matter and that, as the free traders had long argued, increased imports were the sign of a thriving economy. Since imports paid for themselves through further exports, imports rather than exports were the engine of growth. In effect, within the pattern of trade that had developed in the world economy by, say, 1890, Britain had become the hub of the international system of multilateral trade and payments.

H. Imlah, Economic Elements in the Pax Britannica: Studies in British Foreign Trade in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge, MA, 1958). M. Edelstein, ‘Imperialism: cost and benefit’, in R. C. Floud and D. McCloskey, eds, The Economic History of Britain since 1700, vol. 2, 1860–1939 (Cambridge, 1994), p. 203. britain and the world economy 33 FURTHER READING Britain’s position in the nineteenth-century world economy is central to A. G. Kenwood and A. L. Lougheed, The Growth of the International Economy, 1820–2000 (1999), to K.

The connection of domestic and foreign policy is not a subject investigated deeply. Diplomatic historians still speak in embarrassingly generalized, personified, even gendered, terms about relations between the ‘Powers’. General books on nineteenth-century Britain cover foreign relations as part of their remit, but coverage is slight and also fails to link foreign and domestic issues. The more recent emergence of the discipline of international relations has not substantially affected things. Its findings have related to twentieth-century international history and have been heavily transatlantic.

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