Dudley Docker: The Life and Times of a Trade Warrior
Dudley Docker (1862-1944) was one of the most powerful European businessmen of his era, through his secretiveness and taste for intrigue served to obscure his importance. This book is a feat of detection and historical reconstruction which establishes him as a figure of substantial influence. Like all good business history it transcends narrow departmental interests. It is a solid mixture of business, economic, political, social and even diplomatic history. It sketches the life and times of Docker: it describes the deals he fixed, recounts the rise and fall of the companies he directed, but also recreates the milieu in which he worked and portrays British socio-economic history from his standpoint. The book's chief theme is the decline of British industrial hegemony since 1880.
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Dudley Docker and his world
Domestic life and early career
Birminghams industrial titan 190214
Business Leagues and Business Newspapers 190514
The Great War 191418
The Federation of British Industries and the British Commonwealth Union 191622
Diplomacy the British Trade Corporation and the British Stockbrockers Trust 191625
Armaments electricity and rollingstock 191729
appointed April armaments Association August Austen Chamberlain became Belgian Bernard Docker Birmingham Board of Trade Bonar Law Britain British Industries BSA's BTC's Business Leagues Caillard Cammell Laird capital cent chairman Chandler commercial committee Daimler December diary Docker Brothers Docker to Maxse Docker to Steel-Maitland Douglas Vickers Dudley Docker economic Economist Edward Holden electrical employers engineering export factories Faringdon February Foreign Office German Globe Hannon Imperial industrialists interests January Jenkinson July June Labour Lawrence Lloyd George London Lord Lord Faringdon Ludford Docker manufacturers Manville March MCWF MCWF's memorandum merger Metropolitan Railway Metrovic microfilm Midland Advertiser Midland Bank Minister Ministry Ministry of Munitions Munitions National November Nugent papers October organisation parliamentary Patent Shaft political production productioneers profits railway reconstruction rifles rolling-stock Saltley scheme shareholders shares Smethwick Sofina steel Tariff trusts Unionist Wednesbury Wellesley whilst wrote Wyldbore-Smith