Gentlemanly capitalism

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Gentlemanly capitalism is a theory of New Imperialism first put forward by P. J. Cain and A. G. Hopkins in their 1993 work, British Imperialism. The theory posits that British imperialism was driven by the business interests of the City of London and landed interests. It encourages a shift of emphasis, away from seeing provincial manufacturers and geopolitical strategy as important influences, and towards seeing the expansion of empire as emanating from London and the financial sector.[1]


  1. ^ Lynn, M. (1996) Review of Cain, P.J. and Hopkins, A.G. ‘British Imperialism’, The English Historical Review, vol. 111, no. 441, April 1996, pp. 501–3

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