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Interconnected synchronicities: the production of Bombay and Glasgow as modern global ports c.1850–1880

Hazareesingh, Sandip (2009). Interconnected synchronicities: the production of Bombay and Glasgow as modern global ports c.1850–1880. Journal of Global History, 4(1) pp. 7–31.

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Abstract

Cain and Hopkins' influential theory of British imperialism opted for a metropolitan-based model of explanation, rooted in the interests of a City-of-London-based class of ‘gentlemanly capitalists’, and discounting in the process events and experiences in the colonies and the significance of industrialization. By focusing on the simultaneous emergence of Bombay and Glasgow as modern, global ports in the second half of the nineteenth century, this article argues, in diametrical opposition, for a fresh perspective on the relationship between metropole and periphery, based on the concept of ‘interconnected synchronicity‘. This proposes that ‘imperial’ causation be viewed, at least from this period, as occurring in both arenas, based on a set of related and mutually transformative processes generated by the ‘globalizing’, commodity-driven imperatives of industrial capitalism.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 London School of Economics and Political Science
ISSN: 1740-0228
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > History
Arts
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 18966
Depositing User: Sandip Hazareesingh
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2009 16:31
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 06:57
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/18966
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