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

  • David Thackeray
  • Andrew Thompson
  • Richard Toye
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Abstract

This book considers how Britain has imagined its economic role in the wider world and how British ideas have influenced global debates about market relationships between the start of the nineteenth century and the UK’s first European referendum. In doing so, the authors explore the interplay between the high political thought of theorists, the activities of officials and businessmen, and the everyday experience of the wider public. Whereas studies of Britain’s relations with its key ‘imagined markets’ usually focus on discrete regions such as Europe or the Empire/Commonwealth, we consider how these relationships have intersected historically, paying attention to the role of foreign actors as well as British ones in shaping debates about the UK’s economic future.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Thackeray
    • 1
  • Andrew Thompson
    • 1
  • Richard Toye
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of ExeterExeterUK

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