The Story of Cotton

The Story of Cotton charts the remarkable development of the International Cotton Association from a small band of Liverpool-based cotton brokers to what is today the oldest, largest and most important cotton association in the world, with over 550 members, spanning all corners of the globe and all sectors of the supply chain.

Liverpool rose to global prominence in the world of cotton, maintaining its status as the UK's largest cotton importer, the world's largest cotton spot market and arguably the globe's premier cotton market for over a century. This lavishly illustrated volume shows how momentous events such as the Industrial Revolution, the transatlantic slave trade, the transport revolutions in rail and steam ship, the American Civil War and World Wars I and II all had important roles to play in shaping the development of the ICA.

The Story of Cotton is the history of a far-sighted and resourceful membership, which banded together to provide crucial services such as arbitration and market information, and seized opportunities to create the first modern hedge and double its market. The ICA has not only survived through decades of challenges, but prospered, so that the 'Liverpool Rules' of cotton trading remain the benchmark for safe trading throughout the world.

Published8 September 2016