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Title:The Power and Privileges of Association: Co-Ethnic Networks and the Economic Life of the British Imperial World
Author:Thompson, Andrew
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Geographic terms:South Africa
Great Britain
Subjects:international economic relations
colonial history
economic history
colonial territories
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02582470609464964
Abstract:This paper argues that the British imperial networks which originated from the mid-19th century onward were a form of transnational association; that they had a profound effect on how economic knowledge was created, disseminated and consumed across the British world; and that they provided the basis for cooperative and collaborative forms of economic exchange. These co-ethnic networks helped to foster a sense of belonging to a pan-British community based on shared values, trust and reciprocity. This sense of belonging in turn eased the flow of people, commodities and capital between Britain and its settler colonies. Scholars of colonial South Africa have been at the forefront of developing such transnational interpretations of South Africa's colonial past. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]