Gentlemanly Capitalism, Imperialism and Global History

Gentlemanly Capitalism, Imperialism and Global History

Shigeru Akita

Language: English

Pages: 279

ISBN: 2:00169959

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British imperial history can now be seen as a bridge to global history. This study tries to renew the debate on British imperialism by combining Western and Asian historiography and constructing a new global history as an aid to the understanding of globalization in the late 20th and 21st centuries. Part One takes a predominantly metropolitan view of the globalizing forces unleashed by British imperialism; Part Two focuses on the international order of East Asia and its connection with gentlemanly capitalism.

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Exertion of British power and influence during the eighteenth century. In particular, it is necessary to establish the extent to which gentlemanly capitalist forces were felt in the wider world, and how, if at all, they served to influence the development of British activity in different regions. This is attempted here through the amplification of some of the points raised directly or indirectly in the work of Cain and Hopkins, and also by drawing on some of the many studies of the.

The spectacular expansion of this entrepot empire into a world-system in the making. The 1830s opened a new phase in the Euro-Atlantic economy and in Europe’s relations with East Asia. European penetration of other large regions in the extra-European world reached a critical stage. The ‘Eurasian revolution’ that had begun with the European conquest of Bengal in the 1750s was reaching a climax. By 1830, the ‘neo-Europe’ in North America was undergoing a ‘commercial revolution’.12 With the 46.

China more difficult . . . the power of the Central Government would be much increased, and the country would be more closely knit together and better capable of withstanding foreign aggression and dealing with internal disturbances.17 Foreign-financed railway construction thus was expected to start a virtuous circle of economic growth and political stability. The British were convinced that railways in China, even if formally ‘under the control of the Chinese Government’ could not be built and.

Geopolitics. The first is that ‘as an open global system, the British empire was acutely sensitive to the pressures and prospects of the international economy’. The second is that ‘the world-wide span of British imperialism made it vulnerable to political change’ in East Asia and the Euro-Atlantic world as well as in the empire. He proposes the three ‘long swings’ of the world economy as the 10 Gentlemanly Capitalism, Imperialism and Global History chronological matrix for the rise and fall.

Of the Dutch–Japanese trade negotiation in 1934’, Bulletin of Asia-Pacific Studies, Vol. VII (1997). 9 Yuzo Yamamoto, Nihon Shokuminchi Keizaishi Kenkyu [A Study of the History of Japanese Colonial Economies] (Nagoya, 1992), ch. 2. 10 B.R. Tomlinson, The Political Economy of the Raj 1914–1947: the Economics of Decolonization in India (London, 1979); do., The New Cambridge History of India, III-3, The Economy of Modern India 1860–1970 (Cambridge, 1993). 11 Basudev Chatterji, Trade, Tariffs and.

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