Geography, Technology and the Flux of Opportunity: Reassessing the Rise and Decline of British Economic Power
231 Pages Posted: 7 May 2018 Last revised: 27 Feb 2019
Date Written: July 19, 2018
This paper presents an analysis of the rise and decline of British economic predominance which emphasizes the interaction of geography with other economic, technological and political forces amid a context of other actors similarly shaped by such interactions. It argues for this interaction as the driver of Britain's ascent as maritime, trading and colonial power, and its strongly related industrialization, as well as its decreasing competitiveness as other, larger, more competitive states were favored by their own geographical situations, and the opportunities the economic and technological situation afforded.
Keywords: Economic History, British Economy History, British Empire, Rise and Decline of Great Powers, Industrialization, Imperialism
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