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date: 30 May 2020

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The chapter explores how the large-scale technological and commercial networking of the planet that accompanied empire at the turn of the nineteenth into the twentieth century brought a marked new preoccupation with international exchange and cross-border interaction into literary writing worldwide, including in Britain. Writers of the periphery such as Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, Solomon T. Plaatje, and Olive Schreiner, but also metropolitan writers like T. S. Eliot and Leonard Woolf, paid recognition to the degree to which the dichotomies of the local and the universal, the national and the international, were being mixed together under pressure from the forces of imperial globalization.

Keywords: empire, transnational exchange, globalization, cross-border interaction, commodity flow, Rudyard Kipling, Olive Schreiner, Leonard Woolf

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