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Imagining Britain’s Economic Future, c.1800–1975

Trade, Consumerism, and Global Markets

Editors: Thackeray, David, Thompson, Andrew, Toye, Richard (Eds.)

  • Explores the different ways that Britain’s economic future has been imagined over the last two centuries
  • Examines the interplay between the high political thought of theorists, the activities of officials and businessmen, and the everyday experience of the wider public
  • Contributions expand our understanding of the mental visualisation and perceptions of a range of different markets by a range of different communities
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About this book

Following the Brexit vote, this book offers a timely historical assessment of the different ways that Britain’s economic future has been imagined and how British ideas have influenced global debates about market relationships over the past two centuries. The 2016 EU referendum hinged to a substantial degree on how competing visions of the UK should engage with foreign markets, which in turn were shaped by competing understandings of Britain’s economic past.

 

The book considers the following inter-related questions:

 

-          What roles does economic imagination play in shaping people’s behaviour and how far can insights from behavioural economics be applied to historical issues of market selection?

 

-          How useful is the concept of the ‘official mind’ for explaining the development of market relationships?

 

-          What has been the relationship between expanding communications and the development of markets?

 

-          How and why have certain regions or groupings (e.g. the Commonwealth) been ‘unimagined’- losing their status as promising markets for the future?

About the authors

David Thackeray is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter, UK.

 

Andrew Thompson is Professor of History at the University of Exeter, UK, and Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

 

Richard Toye is Professor of History at the University of Exeter, UK. 

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Imagining Britain’s Economic Future, c.1800–1975: Trade, Consumerism, and Global Markets

    Thackeray, David (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

  • Imagining the Opium Trade: Britain’s Justification for the First Anglo-Chinese War

    Gao, Hao

    Pages 21-41

  • Business in the Borderlands: American Trade in the South African Marketplace, 1871–1902

    Tuffnell, Stephen

    Pages 43-67

  • Imagining New Zealand’s Economy in the Mid-Twentieth Century

    O’Hara, Glen

    Pages 69-88

  • Racing Round the World: Geographical Board Games and Britain’s Global Expansion, 1780–1850

    Young, Paul

    Pages 91-114

Buy this book

eBook £70.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71297-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £88.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71296-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Imagining Britain’s Economic Future, c.1800–1975
Book Subtitle
Trade, Consumerism, and Global Markets
Editors
  • David Thackeray
  • Andrew Thompson
  • Richard Toye
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71297-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71297-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71296-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 308
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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