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Dundee and the Empire'Juteopolis' 1850-1939$
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Jim Tomlinson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748686148

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748686148.001.0001

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Aftermath and Conclusion

Aftermath and Conclusion

(p.156) Chapter 9 Aftermath and Conclusion
Dundee and the Empire

Jim Tomlinson

Edinburgh University Press

This concluding chapter examines how imperial politics shaped the battle between India and the Scottish city of Dundee over jute after World War II. In 1948 the Labour government's Working Party on the industry advocated modernisation of the jute industry to be combined with ‘protection against low-priced Indian imports’. For postwar Dundee, the new social settlement brought about by the war meant two major policy shifts. First, Jute Control — which allowed Indian goods to be sold in Britain only at prices with which Dundee could compete — was kept in place for employment reasons. Secondly, regional unemployment was addressed seriously for the first time by substantial subsidies to investors in areas deemed vulnerable to job shortages. In the ten years after 1945 Dundee's jute industry enjoyed an unexpected degree of prosperity, with output and employment trending upwards until the late 1950s. After the mid-1950s the fate of the industry depended more on changing patterns of demand than directly on import controls.

Keywords:   imperial politics, India, Dundee, jute industry, Jute Control, Britain, employment, unemployment, subsidies, import controls

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