Raising revenue in the British empire, 1870–1940: how ‘extractive’ were colonial taxes?*

@article{Frankema2010RaisingRI,
  title={Raising revenue in the British empire, 1870–1940: how ‘extractive’ were colonial taxes?*},
  author={Ewout Frankema},
  journal={Journal of Global History},
  year={2010},
  volume={5},
  pages={447 - 477}
}
  • E. Frankema
  • Published 27 October 2010
  • Economics
  • Journal of Global History
Abstract Colonial tax systems have shaped state–economy relationships in the formative stages of many present-day nation-states. This article surveys the variety in colonial tax systems across thirty-four dominions, colonies, and protectorates during the heyday of British imperialism (1870–1940), focusing on a comparison of colonial tax levels. The results are assessed on the basis of different views in the literature regarding the function and impact of colonial fiscal regimes: are there clear… 
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