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A land of limitless possibilities: British commerce and trade in Siberia in the early twentieth century

Hartley, Janet (2014) A land of limitless possibilities: British commerce and trade in Siberia in the early twentieth century. Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies, 13 (3). pp. 1-21. ISSN 1361-7362

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Identification Number: 10.3167/sib.2014.130301

Abstract

This article looks at the prospects and the reality of British commercial activity in Siberia in the early twentieth century, before the outbreak of the First World War, and is based on contemporary comments by travellers, businessmen and commercial agents. Contemporaries agreed that the dynamic Siberian economy opened up opportunities for British exports and trade. British firms, however, lagged behind her commercial rivals, in particular Germany, and the United States. The article explores the reasons for this and also looks at the subjects of the British empire who went to Siberia and the conditions under which they worked. The artilce demonstrates the vibrancy of Siberian economic development in this period and the active participation of Western powers in this process.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/sib/
Additional Information: © 2014 Berghahn Books
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > International History
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2014 16:15
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2015 00:00
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57684

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