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British Lions and Mexican EaglesBusiness, Politics, and Empire in the Career of Weetman Pearson in Mexico, 1889–1919$
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Paul Garner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804774451

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804774451.001.0001

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British Lions

British Lions

Business and Politics in Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain

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British Lions and Mexican Eagles
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774451.003.0003

This chapter examines the political and economic environment of late Victorian and Edwardian Britain from which Weetman Pearson emerged to build his Mexican business empire. It explains that Pearson was already a successful public works contractor when he started his first venture into overseas contracting in the 1880s. This chapter highlights the interplay of politics and business in Pearson's career and explains that he became a member of the House of Commons in 1895 and the House of Lords in 1910 when he was granted a peerage.

Keywords:   Weetman Pearson, political environment, economic environment, Victorian Britain, Edwardian Britain, Mexican business empire, public works contractor, House of Commons, House of Lords, peerage

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