Tin, versatile and ductile, was one of the firstmetals ever utilized by mankind. As a vital element in numerous alloys, in solder or tin plating, it has played an important role in the modernization of the industrial society during the last two centuries. With the few economically viable deposits often located in far-flung places, the tin trade was a highly charged and international political economy.
The objective of this workshop is to utilize the tin industry as a prism to study the globalization of the world economy after 1850, with particular emphasis on the relations between private enterprise and the state. The workshop brings together scholars utilizing a wide variety of sources, approaches and perspectives.