Professor Jim Tomlinson of Glasgow University will be launching his new book Dundee and the Empire: ‘Juteopolis’ 1850-1939’ published by Edinburgh University Press at an event jointly sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Institute and the Scottish Centre for Global History at the University of Dundee.
This is an important work that caps a series of individual and collaborative projects through which Professor Tomlinson has reinterpreted Dundee’s relationship to the world.
How did the people of Dundee respond to the challenges of being the most economically globalized city in the world in the years before the First World War?
The answer to this question is complicated by the fact that the aspect of globalization which impacted most directly on the ordinary inhabitants of Dundee was competition in the jute industry from Calcutta, a city within the British Empire of the early 20th century. Dundee had to cope not only with powerful low-wage competition in its staple industry, but the political reality that for decision-makers in London the fate of the British Empire in India was far more important than the economic well-being of a small Scottish city.
The history of Dundee’s response to these challenges combines global economic history with analysis of imperial relations, including how these issues were understood by ordinary Dundonians, as well as by politicians and policy-makers.
To mark the launch Edinburgh University Press will offer a discount of 50% for copies of the book at the event.
Wednesday 12th November at 6pm, D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee.