“The strategic wolf hidden beneath the clothing of the economic sheep”? Tin and the strategizing of raw materials

Perchard, Andrew; Ingulstad, Mats and Perchard, Andrew and Storli, Espen, eds. (2014) “The strategic wolf hidden beneath the clothing of the economic sheep”? Tin and the strategizing of raw materials. In: A History of the Global Tin Industry, 1850 - 2000. Routledge, New York. ISBN 978-0-415-73705-0 (In Press)

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Abstract

Tin provides a particularly telling illustration of how the interactions of business and governments shape the evolution of the global economic trade; the tin industry has experienced extensive state intervention during times of war, encompasses intense competition and cartelization, and has seen industry centers both thrive and fail in the wake of decolonization. The history of the international tin industry reveals the complex interactions and interdependencies between local actors and international networks, decolonization and globalization, as well as government foreign policies and entrepreneurial tactics. This chapter discusses tin and the strategizing of raw materials.