Buying British


Dyer, S. 2017. Buying British. History today. 67 (8).
TitleBuying British
AuthorsDyer, S.

Following Brexit and Donald Trump’s declaration that US citizens should ‘Buy American’, in January 2017 the Labour Party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, called on his compatriots to ‘Buy British’. Yet the idea that British consumers should support their farmers, factories, workshops and small businesses is not a recent phenomenon. Where did this trend start and what is so appealing about ‘buying British’?
Questions about how consumers could support – or even oppose – the identity and economic success of their country through shopping have long been asked. Although the means by which customers have been compelled to participate in patriotic consumerism have changed, the message – that buying British things will help make the country better, stronger and happier – has remained constant.

PublisherHistory today
JournalHistory today
Publication dates
Print01 Aug 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited03 Aug 2017
Accepted24 Apr 2017
Output statusPublished
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