The Economy of Kent, 1640-1914

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In recent years, historians' interpretations of the economic history of Britain from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century have changed significantly. There is less emphasis on the idea of a cataclysmic 'industrial revolution' pioneered in and confined to the northern and midland counties, with increasing amounts of attention devoted to the long-neglected economic history of the southern counties. The Economy of Kent, 1640-1914is the first authoritative survey of the topic. Subjectsconsidered include the ...

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Overview

In recent years, historians' interpretations of the economic history of Britain from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century have changed significantly. There is less emphasis on the idea of a cataclysmic 'industrial revolution' pioneered in and confined to the northern and midland counties, with increasing amounts of attention devoted to the long-neglected economic history of the southern counties. The Economy of Kent, 1640-1914is the first authoritative survey of the topic. Subjectsconsidered include the population of Kent, its growth, mobility and distribution; agriculture; industry; transport; labour; and the importance of the sea to Kent. Its findings suggest that Kent retained its place as an important constituent of the expanding British economy throughout the period, and that, by its steady economic progress, it avoided many of the strains and stresses experienced by counties more directly touched by industrialisation, along with the painful processes of readjustment that other regions have faced more recently. ALAN ARMSTRONG is Professor of Economic and Social History at Kent University.The contributors are: MARY DOBSON, ALAN ARMSTRONG, GORDON MINGAY, DAVID ORMROD, JAMES PRESTON, THEO BARKER, ROBIN CRAIG, JOHN WHYMAN, CHRISTOPHER CHALKLIN, TOM RICHARDSON, ALAN ARMSTRONG

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  • ISBN-13: 9780851155821
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/8/1996
  • Series: Kent History Project , #3
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.51 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Plates
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Population
i 1640-1831 5
ii 1831-1914 30
2 Agriculture 51
3 Industry
i 1640-1800 85
ii 1800-1914 110
4 Road, Rail and Cross-Channel Ferry 125
5 Kent and the Sea 161
6 The Towns 205
7 Labour 235
8 Conclusions: Wealth and Welfare in Victorian and Edwardian Kent 261
App. I. List of Kentish Parishes Included in Figure 1 272
App. II. Personal Wealth, Farm Stock, Tools and Circulating Capital of Industrial Producers, Reflected in Probate Inventories, 1663-1732 273
App. III-A. Population of Kent Towns, 1663-4 to c. 1700 280
App. III-B. Population of Kent towns, 1801, 1841, 1901 281
App. III-C. Occupations in Rochester and Tonbridge: (1) Rochester, Chatham and Strood, 1687-1783 283
App. III-C. Occupations in Rochester and Tonbridge: (2) Tonbridge Town and Vicinity, 1803 285
App. III-D. Inn Accommodation in 1686 286
App. IV. Occupations of Males and Females in Kent, 1911 288
Guide to Further Reading 291
Index 299
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