in Manchester
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Exchange is a process, and it is two buildings in Manchester. These are the Cotton Exchange building, now the Royal Exchange Theatre, and the Corn Exchange. As well as being monuments to capitalism, the Cotton Exchange was tied up with overseas slavery, particularly in the American South. The Corn Exchange is associated with more localised struggles for living standards. ‘Exchange’ was a general term before Manchester capitalism, but it emerges from the other side of nineteenth-century industrialism – which Manchester drove – as a markedly different thing. Global, globalising and highly divisive, this entry explores the tensions within the term ‘exchange’ in the city of Manchester.


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