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British Economic Imperialism, 1869-1914 (ICPSR 7738)

Principal Investigator(s): McGowan, Patrick, Arizona State University


These data are a time series of 46 cases, one for each year from 1869 to 1914, consisting of 134 variables that record information on various aspects of the British economy. Variables include raw values, nine-year moving averages, deviations from the average, and deviations from the linear trend for such quantities as British investment abroad, British gross domestic fixed capital, British exports and imports to the British Empire and to other parts of the world, and the number of British alliances. Data were collected from the most recent available studies in economic history, econometrics, and political science. In every instance, the source considered the most authoritative by the relevant discipline was used to collect the data.

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Study Description


McGowan, Patrick. British Economic Imperialism, 1869-1914. ICPSR07738-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1980. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07738.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07738.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    colonialism, econometrics, economic growth, economic history, economic indicators, exports, imperialism, international alliances, international conflict, international trade, nineteenth century, statistical data, world politics

Geographic Coverage:    Europe, Global, Great Britain

Time Period:   

  • 1869--1914

Universe:    Indicators of the British economy relating to the years 1869-1914.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data


Data Source:

(1) Chouri, Nazli, and Robert C. North. NATIONS IN CONFLICT. San Francisco, CA: W.H. Freeman, 1975, Appendix A. (2) Chouri, Nazli, and Robert C. North. NATIONS IN CONFLICT: DATA ON NATIONAL GROWTH AND INTERNATIONAL VIOLENCE FOR SIX EUROPEAN MAJOR POWERS, 1870-1914 (ICPSR 7425). (3) Feinstein, C.H. NATIONAL INCOME, EXPENDITURE AND OUTPUT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM 1855-1965. Cambridge, England: University Press, 1972. (4) Imlah, Albert H. ECONOMIC ELEMENTS IN THE PAX BRITANNICA: STUDIES IN BRITISH FOREIGN TRADE IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1958. (5) Maddison, Angus. "Growth and Fluctuations in the World Economy, 1870-1960." QUARTERLY REVIEW (BLANCA NAZIONALE DEL LAVORO) 61 (June 1962), Statistical Annex, pp. 166-195. (6) Mitchell, B.R., with the collaboration of Phyllis Deane. ABSTRACT OF BRITISH HISTORICAL STATISTICS. Cambridge, England: University Press, 1962. (7) Simon, Matthew. "The Pattern of New British Portfolio Foreign Investment, 1865-1914." In A.R. Hall (ed.), THE EXPORT OF CAPITAL FROM BRITAIN 1870-1914. London, England: Metheum and Co., 1968, pp. 15-44. (8) Tinbergen, Jan. BUSINESS CYCLES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 1870-1914. 2nd ed. Amsterdam, Netherlands: North-Holland Publishing Co., 1956. (9) Williams, Neville. CHRONOLOGY OF THE MODERN WORLD 1763-1965. rev. ed. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books, 1975. (10) Zimmerman, L.J., and F. Grumbach. "Saving, Investing and Imperialism." WELTWIRTSCHAFTLICHES ARCHIV 71 1 (1953), pp.1-19.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-11

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