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Published: 04 October 2012

288 Pages | Graphs and tables


ISBN: 9780199661527

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Taxing Colonial Africa

The Political Economy of British Imperialism

Leigh A. Gardner

Oxford Historical Monographs

  • Won the Economic History Society's Dissertation Prize in 2011
  • First monograph-length comparative work on the development of fiscal policy in British colonial Africa; provides a more detailed and nuanced view of issues often mentioned in African history but rarely explored in depth
  • Combines archival research from UK, Kenya, Zambia, USA, and World Bank
  • Explores in detail the implications of the policy adopted by most imperial powers that colonial territories should be self-supporting
  • Presents extensive quantitative data on revenue and expenditure at different levels of government for different periods
  • Illustrates in an empirically rigorous way how colonial rule may have influenced post-colonial outcomes

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