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Zur Rolle Gro├čbritanniens im internationalen Holzhandel der 1930er Jahre

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Despite their attendance of similar meetings concerning a variety of commodities neither the British government nor British businessmen showed great interest in international conferences on timber trade organised by the League of Nations in 1932 and 1933. This article seeks to explain this rather surprising finding. In doing so, it also highlights the hitherto almost unexplored economic history of timber industry and of timber trade in industrialised societies and tries to encourage more research on this topic. In order to explain the lack of interest the article discusses three aspects: Firstly, it pays attention to the high economic importance of timber for the British economy of the 1930s. Secondly, it asks whether the politics of Imperial Preference followed by the National Government in the 1930s were responsible for the lack of interest. Thirdly, it shows that the absence of British representatives at the League of Nations conferences might be best explained by their involvement in informal negotiations between the exporters. By discussing this kind of transnational cooperation of timber merchants the article also challenges the common characterisation of the 1930s as an era of economic disintegration.

Language: German

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-04-01

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  • Founded in 1903, Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte is the oldest German periodical of social and economic history. The international, peer-reviewed journal features original articles in German, English, French and Italian.

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