Iscuss Niall Fergusons claim that the British empire created the structures for todays global economy
Focus specifically on these features of the British empire and their importance to todays global economy:
1) English Language and its contribution economically to the global economy.
2) English institutions such as parliamentary/liberal democracy, English law and how they have contributed to todays global economy.
3)Technologies created or developed by empire
5)reduced transport costs
6)How British empire led to a growth of world trade
Discuss how these features of the British emire have created the structures for todays global economy. If necessary focus on how they may not have created structures for todays global economy.
Outline Fergusons arguements on the importance of these features to the structures of todays global economy. Use other sources to support his arguement or argue against it
Use as many sources as possible
Recommended sources of information:
1)Niall Ferguson, Empire: How Britain made the Modern World
2)Economics and empire: The Metropolitan ContextIn, The Oxford History of the British Empire, volume 3: The Nineteenth Century, edited by Andrew Porter, pp.31-52
3)Martin Lynn, British policy, trade and informal empirein the mid-nineteenth century, edited by Judith M Brown and Wm. Roger Louis, 88-113
4)B.R Empire and after: the economy of the empire on the peripheryin, the Oxford History of the British empire, volume 4: The Twentieth Century, pp357-378
5)Bernard Semmel, The rise of free trade imperialism
Note: the conclusion in niall fergusons book is a good summary of his arguement