Britain and the World

Britain’s Informal Empire in Spain, 1830-1950

Free Trade, Protectionism and Military Power

Authors: Sharman, Nick

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  • Explores Anglo-Spanish relations through the increasingly relevant concept of ‘informal’ colony
  • Corrects the traditional consensus that Spain’s protectionist movement was simply reactionary
  • Comprises two main sections on British policy and the impact on Spain’s economic and political policy-making
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Based on five years of archival research, this book offers a radical reinterpretation of Britain and Spain’s relationship during the growth, apogee and decline of the British Empire. It shows that from the early nineteenth century Britain turned Spain into an ‘informal’ colony, using its economic and military dominance to achieve its strategic and economic ends. Britain’s free trade campaign, which aimed to tear down the legal barriers to its explosive trade and investment expansion, undermined Spain’s attempts to achieve industrial take-off, demonstrating that the relationship between the two countries was imperial in nature, and not simply one of unequal national power. Exploring five key moments of crisis in their relations, from the First Carlist War in the 1830s to the Second World War, the author analyses Britain’s use of military force in achieving its goals, and the consequences that this had for economic and political policy-making in Spain. Ultimately, the Anglo-Spanish relationship was an early example of the interaction between industrial power and colonies, formal and informal, that characterised the post-World War Two period. An insightful read for anyone researching the British Empire and its colonies, this book offers an innovative perspective by closely examining the volatile relationship between two European powers.

About the authors

Nick Sharman is a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham where his subject is the economic and political relationship between Britain and Spain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has had a career in business and in local and regional government and has written widely on strategic regeneration policy issues and more recently, on the history of the Anglo-Spanish relationship.

 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook 93,08 €
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Hardcover 114,39 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Britain’s Informal Empire in Spain, 1830-1950
Book Subtitle
Free Trade, Protectionism and Military Power
Authors
Series Title
Britain and the World
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-77950-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-77950-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-77949-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 241
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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