Me, Mine and Yours: Mining and Imperialism

Nasson, Bill (2009-12)

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When it comes to price, this British academic publisher is known for being astronomical. On that score, it is hard not to wonder whether this volume in its series is worth its weight in gold. Or, if not that, then at least its measure in copper or zinc futures. That aside, the claim staked out by Raymond Dumett’s new edited volume is certainly two-fold. In part it seeks to provide an understanding of the lives and machinations of some largerthan- life international businessmen who, in the later-19th and early-20th centuries, personified what the former British prime minister, Edward Heath, once called the unpleasant and unacceptable face of capitalism. His 1973 comment was on the dodgy dealings of Lonrho and its buccaneering chairman, ‘Tiny’ Rowland. Appropriately enough, that conglomerate had started out in 1909 as the London and Rhodesian Mining Company which went on to make its pile from African mining ventures.

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