Lord Inchcape is best known as the doyen of British shipowners, the man who personified the shipping industry during the First World War and the 1920s, whose name became synonymous with that of the mighty P&O company.
However, Inchcape's eighteen-year chairmanship of the P&O group is less than half the story. He was untiringly active in government circles, serving with distinction on numerous official committees. He contributed to a range of newspapers and journals, by no means only on the subject of shipping. Simultaneously, he built up a commercial empire in India and beyond, laying the foundations of the international trading group which still bears his name.
This study also examines Inchcape's role in a wider context, tackling the issues of the domination of British overseas enterprise by the Scots; the effects of the Raj in India; the all-powerful nature of British shipping before 1914 and its subsequent decline; and in the 1920s, retrenchment at home and nationalism in the empire. Lord Inchcape was an outstanding example of an all-round businessman involved in the problems of contemporary society.
This book is intended for students of economic and business history, of shipping in war and peace, of the Great War, and of inter-war politics and imperialism.
This edition is a 2008 reprint of the 1989 original which adds a Foreword by Peter Inchcape, the 4th Earl of Inchcape. It is in excellent, 'as-new' condition.