Liverpool and the Asian trade, 1800–50
Some insights into a provincial British commercial network
in The empire in one city?
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This chapter addresses the question of the origins of Liverpool's involvement in the Asian trade during the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleonic Wars was a period of great turbulence and difficulty for the Liverpool commercial community, and the nature and growth of the trade during the period to 1850. The chapter explores the political ramifications for Liverpool of the eastern trade, offering new insights into the current historical debate about British imperialism and the 'gentlemanly capitalism' thesis put forward by Peter Cain and Antony Hopkins. The Glasgow East India Association (EIA) was absorbed into the city's Chamber of Commerce in 1848, and the Liverpool EIA seems to have met a similar fate a few years later. The London East India and China Association continued until the Great Indian Rebellion of 1857, which led to its demise along with the East India Company itself.

The empire in one city?

Liverpool’s inconvenient imperial past

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