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Trade and Traders in Mid-Victorian LiverpoolMercantile Business and the Making of a World Port$
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Graeme Milne

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236061

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314261

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Constraint and Opportunity: Government Contracting

Constraint and Opportunity: Government Contracting

(p.169) Chapter 8 Constraint and Opportunity: Government Contracting
Trade and Traders in Mid-Victorian Liverpool
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This chapter addresses the tensions inherent in the link between national government and traders. It also evaluates the drive behind this effort to establish Liverpool as a serious alternative to London as a provider of government contract services, concentrating specifically on wartime requisitions, passenger trades, and mail. In mid-century, the diversity of shipping utilised by Liverpool traders ensured that they could take advantage of opportunities across the range of vessel types and sizes required by government. Liverpool was directed as a centre for Atlantic emigration, which was growing as a business that needed full-time commitment and extensive networks of connections. Furthermore, while government contracts might have been easy money once ensured, developing them in the first place required the decision of leading shipowners to challenge impinged interests and break into hitherto restricted sources of income and prestige.

Keywords:   national government, traders, Liverpool, government contract services, wartime requisitions, passenger trades, mail, emigration

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