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

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  • Hartley, Janet

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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.

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  • Hartley, Janet, 2014. "A land of limitless possibilities: British commerce and trade in Siberia in the early twentieth century," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 57684, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  • Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:57684
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    Britain; Britons; Siberia; industry; trade; mining; butter industry;
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    • N0 - Economic History - - General

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