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

  • Paul Young


Geographical race games emerged in late-eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain as a cultural form that scaled and dramatised global circulation in a way that helped generate expansionist confidence. As Britain established itself at the centre of an increasingly economically interdependent world, these board games consistently advanced the idea of moving business beyond the confines of British markets at the same time as they played out a drive to cover vast swathes of distance as quickly as possible. Their relative expense meant that race games plotted this kind of globalised logic within those upper- and middle-class households that would become progressively more interested in and dependent upon the array of far-reaching commercial, financial and imperial activities that characterised Britain’s leading role in developing the nineteenth-century global economy.

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  • Paul Young
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  1. 1.University of ExeterExeterUK

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