Dundee and the Empire: 'Juteopolis' 1850-1939

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How did the people of Dundee respond to the challenges of being the most economically globalized city in the world in the years before the First World War?

The answer to this question is complicated by the fact that the aspect of globalization which impacted most directly on the ordinary inhabitants of Dundee was competition in the jute industry from Calcutta, a city within the British Empire of the early 20th century. Dundee had to cope not only with powerful low-wage competition in its staple industry, but the political reality that for decision-makers in London the fate of the British Empire in India was far more important than the economic well-being of a small Scottish city.

The history of Dundee's response to these challenges combines global economic history with analysis of imperial relations, including how these issues were understood by ordinary Dundonians, as well as by politicians and policy-makers.

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Jim Tomlinson is the author of many works on economic history, including Jute No More; Transforming Dundee (DUP, 2011); The Labour Governments 1964-1970 (Manchester University Press, 2004) and Government and the Enterprise Since 1900 (Oxford University Press, 1994).

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"A concise and detailed analysis of how one city's fortunes rose and fell with those of Britain and the empire, how it responded to these changes and challenges, and how it attempted-albeit unsuccessfully-to shape Britain's response to them." -- Timothy Forest, H-Net Reviews, H-Empire


"Tomlinson brings his enormous scholarship to bear on the problems faced by Dundee and points to a clear failure of political leadership, both at local and national levels, to build a consensus as to how best to respond to the challenges of globalisation in which a high-wage economy competes with a low-wage economy. This is the very problem experienced today by modernised western economies faced with competition from low-waged countries such as China. Thus Dundee's experience is instructive and interesting in the light that it throws on such issues." -- W. W. J. Knox, English Historical Review


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