Monday, June 04, 2012
Cotton Paper Sent Off
Today my co-author and I went over the final corrections to our paper comparing colonial cotton cultivation in German Togoland, Russian Turkestan, British India, and the Northern Territories of what is now Ghana in the early 20th Century. Our argument is that the Germans failed in achieving their goal of replacing cotton from the US and British colonies and protectorates with cotton from its own colonies. In contrast the Russians managed to largely replace US cotton with Central Asian cotton in the years immediately before World War One. The British also managed to replace imported US cotton with cotton from their colony in India. The German textile industry never got more than one half of one percent of its cotton from German colonies and protectorates. The vast majority was imported from the US or the British Empire.