Aluminum Ore: The Political Economy of the Global Bauxite by Robin Gendron, Mats Ingulstad, Espen Storli PDF

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By Robin Gendron, Mats Ingulstad, Espen Storli

ISBN-10: 0774825324

ISBN-13: 9780774825320

Because the key part in aluminum creation, bauxite has turn into some of the most very important minerals of the final 100 years. to a few it introduced monetary and political virtue, yet for lots of others, its improvement left a legacy of exploitation. Aluminum Ore explores the background of bauxite within the 20th century and the worldwide forces that this heritage represents, from its strategic improvement within the First international battle to its function within the globalization of markets as businesses from the northern hemisphere vied for the assets of the south. that includes essays through students from around the globe, this wide-ranging assortment is a background of 1 crucial mineral and a brand new point of view on a time of change.

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On his way to New York, Dove stopped in London. H. Levey, who persuaded him to negotiate with BACo instead of the Americans. Levey urged Dove, “as one patriotic British sub- The Global Race for Bauxite, 1900-40 41 ject to another patriotic subject,” that such valuable deposits ought to be preserved and developed as an asset of the Empire and not be allowed to fall under foreign control. 5 percent of the shares in the new company. The agreement was signed in November 1926.

Because of aluminum’s military importance, secure access to bauxite was a question of national security. This was especially so for Germany, a country that lacked good-quality deposits. From 1914 onward, the German state therefore got actively involved in the race for bauxite. The German demand created opportunities for entrepreneurs like Count Kornis, and just as in British Guiana, it was the combination of foreign capital and local initiative that led to Hungarian bauxite being incorporated into the international economy.

Among the people they contacted was Merrimac Chemical Company’s agent in the colony. The agent notified his employers in the United States and they in turn told Alcoa about the deposits. Alcoa’s management, which by now had extensive The Global Race for Bauxite, 1900-40 31 knowledge of the quality of the bauxite in the neighbouring colony of British Guiana, was quick to react. R. Gibbons, superintendent in the Alcoa subsidiary American Bauxite Company, was sent to Dutch Guiana in October 1915 to secure control over its bauxite deposits.

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