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Liverpool and empire – the revolving door?
in The empire in one city?
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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book explores the histories of development of shipbuilding industries and shipping in Liverpool. The Liverpool merchants and shippers continued to mess with slavery and slave-grown products after British abolition legislation. The imperial connections of both Liverpool and Glasgow started in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The initial growth of these cities was inseparably bound up with these Atlantic trades, as well as, but not necessarily dominated by, the slave trade. London the port and London the seat of government often stimulated resistance, even if its onward march as the administrative, commercial and financial cynosure of the British Empire became almost unstoppable. The arrival of non-European immigrant communities illustrated the ways in which empire set up powerful invented traditions of ethnic employment specialisms.

The empire in one city?

Liverpool’s inconvenient imperial past

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