chapter  III
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Access to Raw Materials

ByCharles Roden Buxton

This chapter discusses that the British Empire, the United States, the USSR and in a lesser degree the French Empire, possess an overwhelming superiority in the matter of political control over the sources of raw materials, as well as over food supplies. While it is clear that Great Britain has access, within the Empire, to a very large proportion of the world's supplies, the inequality would not be substantially rectified by the mere transfer of colonies. The proportion of the total imports of Great Britain which comes from non-self-governing colonies is relatively small. The proportion coming from the Dominions, though larger, is not as large as that coming from foreign countries. Japan, Italy, and Germany, in so far as they obtain raw materials from abroad, draw a very small proportion of these from colonial areas.