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Networking: trade and exchange in the eighteenth-century British empire

Glaisyer, N. (2004) Networking: trade and exchange in the eighteenth-century British empire. Historical Journal, 47 (2). pp. 451-76. ISSN 0018-246X

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Abstract

Historians face the problem of how to write the history of the eighteenth-century British empire. How can the history of Britain and the history of its empire be brought together? Recent research has demonstrated the value of employing the idea of networks to describe the interrelatedness of empire. In the history of science and economic history such a notion has been quite thoroughly articulated, particularly in relation to the exchange of botanical knowledge and the transaction of goods. Here it is argued that conceiving of empire as a set of networks through which knowledge and ideas were exchanged, trust was negotiated, goods were traded, and people travelled is an avenue worth pursuing in the project to write the history of the eighteenth-century British empire.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > History (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2009 13:22
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2009 13:22
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X04003759
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0018246X04003759
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6209

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