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Manchester Consuls (Hardback)

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Manchester has the largest and most active consular corps in the country outside London, and this book represents the first ever detailed history of consuls and their activities for any region of the United Kingdom. Consuls look after the interests of foreign powers, and the first appointments in Manchester coincide with its emergence as the first city of the Industrial Revolution, and the financial and commercial hub of northern England. Virtually every country in the world, from Argentina to the former Yugoslavia, from the Ivory Coast to the Sandwich Islands, has provided consuls based in Manchester: no fewer than about 800 consuls have served in Manchester over the last 200 years. Some have been honorary consuls, others career diplomats; some have been nationals of the country they represent, others have been British, most with a personal association with the state they serve. Their responsibilities and privileges vary widely, and many have played a significant role in the life of the region. The new international context of a shrinking world gives the present role of consuls an increasing importance.

In this important new book, David John Fox, himself a serving consul - for Chile - charts the fascinating, varied and, to many Mancunians, perhaps surprising role which these consuls and their missions have played in the wider history of the region.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentInternational relationsDiplomacy Publisher: Carnegie Publishing Ltd Publication Date: 10/05/2007 ISBN-13: 9781859361559  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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David John Fox has been Honorary Consul for Chile since 1976 and is a past president of the Manchester Consular Association. He has served the Association as honorary secretary since 1992. Born in London in 1931, he graduated from University College London with a First Class Honours degree in Geography before national service in the RAF. He spent a year in Northern Canada at McGill University Sub-Arctic Research Laboratory doing exploratory geomorphological research work; the family names he gave to lakes, rivers, etc. are now accepted as the official ones by the Canadian government. He took a MA at the University of California at Berkeley before returning to Britain. He was appointed lecturer and senior lecturer in the Department of Geography of the University of Manchester and was for many years Warden of Woolton Hall; he spent a year as a Visiting Professor at Southern Illinois University. He has contributed to conferences and books and written many academic research papers based on fieldwork in Mexico, Central America, Bolivia, and elsewhere. For 25 years he has written an annual report on mining in Bolivia for the Mining Annual Review and for a dozen years, beginning in 1985, he wrote the Quarterly Analysis of Economic and Social Conditions in Bolivia published by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Since 1996 he has been treasurer of Quaker Bolivia Link - a UK/USA/Bolivia-based charity which funds about ten modest but sustainable development projects in highland Bolivia each year. He is general secretary of the International Congress of Americanists (founded in 1870) and past-president and long-time treasurer of the (UK) Society for Latin American Studies.

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