The British Industrial Revolution: An Economic Perspective

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The Industrial Revolution remains a defining moment in the economic history of the modern world. But what kind and how much of a revolution was it? And what kind of "moment” could it have been? These are just some of the larger questions among the many that economic historians continue to debate. In this volume a distinguished set of scholars present and defend their latest views on essential aspects of the Industrial Revolution. The editor’s extensive introduction is a major survey and evaluation of contemporary...

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Overview

The Industrial Revolution remains a defining moment in the economic history of the modern world. But what kind and how much of a revolution was it? And what kind of "moment” could it have been? These are just some of the larger questions among the many that economic historians continue to debate. In this volume a distinguished set of scholars present and defend their latest views on essential aspects of the Industrial Revolution. The editor’s extensive introduction is a major survey and evaluation of contemporary research in this field.This is an essential book for economic historians and, indeed, for any historian of Great Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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Contains five essays addressing the various interpretations and assumptions that have been attached to the concept of the Industrial Revolution. Mokyr (economics and history, Northwestern U.) provides a substantial survey of related scholarship. All chapters are revised from the 1993 edition to take new scholarship into account. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813385105
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Joel Mokyr is professor of economics and history at Northwestern University. He is the author or editor of many books and articles on the economic history of Europe, including Why Ireland Starved, The Economics of the Industrial Revolution, and The Lever of Riches.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgements
1 Editor's Introduction: The New Economic History and the Industrial Revolution 1
2 The Fable of the Dead Horse; or, The Industrial Revolution Revisited 128
3 Reassessing the Industrial Revolution: A Macro View 160
4 Too Much Revolution: Agriculture in the Industrial Revolution, 1700-1860 206
5 The Role of Education and Skill in the British Industrial Revolution 241
Bibliography 280
About the Book 331
About the Contributors 332
Index 333
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