Gentlemanly Capitalism and British Imperialism: The New Debate on Empire

The publication by Longman of P J Cain and A.G. Hopkins two-volume study of British Imperialism (1688-1914; 1914-1994) caused a sensation amongst historians of European imperialism and economic international history. The theory of 'gentlemanly capitalism' - the complex of economic, social and political power centring on the City of London - which they developed to explain Britain's imperial expansion has since been expanded , both in its original theory and its implications. Here now is a purpose-built volume prepared in collaboration with the original authors which reviews the latest state of scholarship in the field and develops it further.