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Managing the British Empire


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The Office of the Crown Agents
Supply monopoly and the purchase of goods
Service provision: costs, delay, quality
The department system of infrastructure construction
Construction by contractor, private sector and public works
Public loan issue
The external finance safety net; monitoring the Crown Agents
External finance, the remittance of funds and colonial investments after 1899
Concessions, currency and stamps
The Crown Agents and personnel
The enquiries of 1901 and 1908


Based on a detailed reading of difficult archival material [this book] provides the first major account of the role and development of the Crown Agents. [It] makes a valuable addition to the historical literature in many different fields. These range from commercial, financial and business history to imperial, administrative and political history. As such it should be welcomed. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

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