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By Robin Gendron, Mats Ingulstad, Espen Storli

Because the key part in aluminum creation, bauxite has turn into the most very important minerals of the final 100 years. to a couple it introduced financial and political virtue, yet for lots of others, its improvement left a legacy of exploitation. Aluminum Ore explores the heritage of bauxite within the 20th century and the worldwide forces that this background represents, from its strategic improvement within the First international warfare to its position within the globalization of markets as businesses from the northern hemisphere vied for the assets of the south. that includes essays by means of students from all over the world, 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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19 Harvey, through his glowing descriptions, convinced Alcoa to have a look, and he quickly signed an option agreement with the company. Edwin Fickes was sent out to British Guiana, arriving in Georgetown in December 1913. He rapidly realized the importance of the fields, and as soon as he returned home Alcoa arranged to send “a competent man ... ”20 In the spring of 1914, George Bain Mackenzie, Alcoa’s “competent man,” arrived in British Guiana. Mackenzie worked quickly to get control of the best deposits, yet he did not stick to the terms of the option agreement the company had signed with Harvey.

27, ed. Eduardo Susmel and Duilio Susmel (Florence: La Fenice, 1959), 241-48. 24 Joel Hurstfield, “The Control of British Raw Material Supplies, 1919-39,” Economic History Review 14, 1 (1944): 1-31. 25 Mark Mazover, Hitler’s Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe (London: Penguin Books, 2008), 578-79; Richard Overy, Goering: The “Iron Man” (London: Routledge, 1984), 36-37. 26 George Baer, Test Case: Italy, Ethiopia, and the League of Nations (Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 1976), 199-204.

Gendron, makes clear why the companies were indeed apprehensive about their investments overseas without the continued support of determined colonialist governments. As the Can­ adian government prioritized improving political relations with the newly independent governments, Alcan was left vulnerable to the nationalist aspirations of the Guinean and Guyanese governments. This chapter also highlights the growing pressure on aluminum companies in the late twentieth century to become better corporate citizens as they operated in developing countries around the world.

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