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Flagships of Imperialism: The P&O Company and the Politics of Empire From Its Origins to 1867

Freda Harcourt and Sarah Palmer


This book is a study on the history of the P&O shipping company, paying due attention to the context of nineteenth-century imperial politics that so significantly shaped the company's development. Based chiefly on unpublished material in the P&O archives and in the National Archives and on contemporary official publications, it covers the crucial period from the company's origins to 1867. After presenting new findings about the company's origins in the Irish transport industry, the book charts the extension of the founders' interests from the Iberian Peninsula to the Mediterranean, India, Chin ... More

Keywords: P&O, shipping company, imperial politics, Irish transport industry, technical advances, opium trade, government contractor, politics of empire, government mail contract, 1867 Abyssinian expedition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780719073939
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719073939.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Freda Harcourt, author

Sarah Palmer, author