By Leigh A. Gardner
How a lot did the British Empire price, and the way did Britain pay for it? Taxing Colonial Africa explores a resource of money a lot ignored in learn at the monetary constitution of the Empire, specifically profit raised within the colonies themselves. Requiring colonies to be financially self-sufficient was once considered one of a number of innovations the British executive used to reduce the price of imperial growth to its personal Treasury. targeting British colonies in Africa, Leigh Gardner examines how their efforts to stability their budgets inspired their relationships with neighborhood political stakeholders in addition to the imperial govt. She unearths that efforts to stability the price range formed colonial public coverage at each point, and that compromises made within the face of monetary constraints formed the political and fiscal associations that have been demonstrated by way of colonial administrations and inherited through the previous colonies at independence.
Using either quantitative info on public profit and expenditure in addition to archival files from records in either the united kingdom and the previous colonies, Gardner follows the advance of monetary rules in British Africa from the start of colonial rule in the course of the first years of independence. through the early life of colonial management, either the constitution of taxation and the allocation of public spending mirrored the 2 critical ambitions of colonial rule: protecting order as cost effectively as attainable and inspiring export construction. Taxing Colonial Africa examines how the economic structures demonstrated ahead of 1914 coped with the upheavals of next a long time, together with the 2 international Wars, the nice melancholy, and at last the move of energy.