Industry in the Countryside: Wealden Society in the Sixteenth Century by Michael Zell | 9780521445412 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Industry in the Countryside: Wealden Society in the Sixteenth Century

Industry in the Countryside: Wealden Society in the Sixteenth Century

by Michael Zell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521445418

ISBN-13: 9780521445412

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Industry in the Countryside is a wide-ranging and readable study of the nature of manufacturing before the Industrial Revolution. It examines the widely-debated theory of 'proto-industrialisation', drawing on data from the Kentish Weald - an area which was already a centre of cottage industry in the Tudor era and was also the earliest rural manufacturing region to

Overview

Industry in the Countryside is a wide-ranging and readable study of the nature of manufacturing before the Industrial Revolution. It examines the widely-debated theory of 'proto-industrialisation', drawing on data from the Kentish Weald - an area which was already a centre of cottage industry in the Tudor era and was also the earliest rural manufacturing region to 'de-industrialise'. The book analyses the Wealden textile industry from its workforce to its industrialists and emphasises the ubiquity of dual employment among textile workers. It explores the local context of cottage industry, investigating the pattern of landholding and inheritance, the local farming regime, and the demographic background to rural industrialisation. Zell outlines what type of local economy became the site of this so-called 'proto-industry' and shows the impact of cottage industry on the people of such regions. He concludes by asking, is there anything in the 'proto-industrialisation' model?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521445412
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time Series, #22
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Landholding, inheritance and the local land market; 3. Demographic movements, household structure and geographical mobility; 4. The Wealden agrarian regime; 5. Occupational structure and levels of wealth in the Weald; 6. The textile industry in the Weald; 7. Clothiers and capitalism; 8. The Weald and 'proto-industrialisation'.

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