Britain Ascendant: Studies in British and Franco-British Economic History: Comparative Studies in Franco-British Economic History

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $136.14
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 12%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (4) from $136.14   
  • New (3) from $136.14   
  • Used (1) from $182.50   


François Crouzet is one of the most distinguished economic historians in the world whose life's work has been largely devoted to the study of European industrialization. In Britain Ascendant, a collection of essays spanning his career, he examines the rise of Britain to the position of dominance in the world economy in the nineteenth century and the concomitant decline of France. Special attention is paid to the problems of capital formation, foreign trade and the Empire. In later chapters, Crouzet examines the Anglo-French relationship up to the present day, attacking conventional wisdom and offering new perspectives on issues such as the Industrial Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The standard of the papers included in this volume is extremely high. The value of his work lies most of all in its explicit and sensitive use of international comparisons, which has done much over the years to illuminate discussions of British industrialization. The book should be widely used..." The Times Literay Supplement

"Crouzet was almost unique among French historians of the 1960s in his engagement with the complex problem of the takeoff of British industrialization. He has participated in the debate with a group of mostly British scholars who for a generation raised interesting questions about when and why nations industrialized. And, unlike most historians on both sides of the channel, he has shown a real interest in how the British and French understand and misunderstand each other. This book well expresses this historian's project and should be of value to those seeking a better understanding of it." Gary Cross, Journal of Modern History

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521344340
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Pages: 524
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. England and France in the eighteenth century: a comparative analysis of two economic growths; 2. Criticisms and self-criticisms of a comparison; 3. When the Mediterranean looked to England; 4. The sources of England's wealth: some French views in the eighteenth century; 5. Capital formation in Great Britain during the Industrial Revolution; 7. Great Britain's response to the French Revolution and to Napoleon; 8. Wars, blockade, and economic change in Europe, 1792–1815; 9. variations on the North Atlantic Triangle from York-town to Waterloo; 10. Western Europe and Great Britain: 'catching up' in the first half of the nineteenth century; 11. Trade and empire: the British experience from the establishment of free trade until the First World War; 12. British coal in France in the nineteenth century; 13. The core and the periphery of the core: Franco-british trade in the belle époque; 14. Problems of communication between Britain and france in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; Index.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)