London's Docks in 1900: Nexus of Empire

Schneer, Jonathan
December 1994
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Winter94, Vol. 59 Issue 3, p20
Academic Journal
The article focuses on essays on the labour history of Great Britain. In 1900, Great Britain possessed an empire upon which the sun never set. London was the heart of the empire, in the famous phrase of the Liberal politician Charles Masterman. And at the heart of the empire was the Port of London itself, dockland in contemporary parlance. Scholars have long recognised the contribution of dockland to the economy of the conurbation in which it was located, to the history of London, including specifically the East End of London and to labour history more generally. Others, including historians of labour and of popular imperialism, have explored the factors which helped to shape some of the ideas of the men who worked at the docks: the roots of British attitudes towards race, imperial expansion and patriotism, and the role in their formation of such institutions as the press, schools, and literary and scientific establishments. The author suggests an additional dimension in the history of dockland and its labour force.


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