London, Hub of the Industrial Revolution: A Revisionary History, 1775-1825

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London by 1800 was the greatest city in the world and at the center of the world's greatest empire. This book demonstrates that London was also at the heart of the Industrial Revolution?a major engine of Britain's world-wide economic domination. Traditional historiography has regarded London as a minor player in the Industrial Revolution?"a storm that passed over London and broke elsewhere"?but this book, together with other more recent studies, argued that London, in addition to providing financial and other ...

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Overview

London by 1800 was the greatest city in the world and at the center of the world's greatest empire. This book demonstrates that London was also at the heart of the Industrial Revolution—a major engine of Britain's world-wide economic domination. Traditional historiography has regarded London as a minor player in the Industrial Revolution—"a storm that passed over London and broke elsewhere"—but this book, together with other more recent studies, argued that London, in addition to providing financial and other essential service skills, was at the forefront of industrial development. The book builds on and refines earlier works and shows how London became the hub of the Industrial revolution as a result of a huge and diverse range of manufactures and its drawing together a number of other vital factors making for dynamic growth: these included stimulating dynamism of smaller firms with rapid response to a changing market conditions, as well as the growth of larger enterprises. This study is unique in being based on hard data based, for example, on contemporary insurance records and trade directories, and it provides a rich mine of information for research as well as giving a vivid picture of London during the period of rapid and unprecedented development as the world's first great modern industrial city at the center of a national industrial economy.

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Barnett interrupted his academic career for a 31-year sojourn in the energy and road transport industries. When he returned to hallowed walls, he decided to earn his doctorate by applying the rigorous statistical rules so blithely ignored by business to the mass of economic evidence available concerning London during the Industrial Revolution. He concludes that the city was much more crucial to the phenomena than historians lacking an economic foundation have realized. He gained his degree in 1996, apparently from the University of Nottingham. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860641961
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/15/1998
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Barnett , after a distinguished business career, returned to the University of Nottingham to complete his research in Business History.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 The Metropolis Defined 12
3 Industrial London 23
4 The London Manufacturing Trades 31
5 The Construction Trades in London 117
6 London and the Consumer Revolution 127
7 London: Prototype Service Economy 183
8 Commercial London 202
9 The London Businesswoman 208
10 Conclusion: London, the World's First Modern City 219
App Standard Industrial Classification 225
Notes 234
Bibliography 260
Index 272
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