London in the Age of Industrialisation: Entrepreneurs, Labour Force and Living Conditions, 1700-1850

London in the Age of Industrialisation: Entrepreneurs, Labour Force and Living Conditions, 1700-1850

by L. D. Schwarz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521403650

ISBN-13: 9780521403658

Pub. Date: 10/29/1992

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is the first full-length analysis of the London working population and the effects of the industrial revolution in London to appear for over sixty years. Prior to the mid-nineteenth century London may not have experienced the direct effects of the industrial revolution to any great extent, but the indirect effects were felt strongly. L. D. Schwarz…  See more details below

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This book is the first full-length analysis of the London working population and the effects of the industrial revolution in London to appear for over sixty years. Prior to the mid-nineteenth century London may not have experienced the direct effects of the industrial revolution to any great extent, but the indirect effects were felt strongly. L. D. Schwarz disagrees with the view that The industrial revolution was a storm that passed over London and broke elsewhere, and seeks to judge the effect of industrialization on what was the country's largest manufacturing city. Its size and role as national capital meant that London was in certain important respects unique, but it was nonetheless susceptible to many of the wider economic transformations that occurred during the period 1700-1850, and Dr. Schwarz offers a detailed analysis of the changes to the economy and social structure of London these wrought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521403658
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/29/1992
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time Series, #19
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
Pt. IWealth and occupations in London7
1The structure of London's economy and labour force11
2Manufacturing, services and the London bourgeoisie31
Pt. IIFluctuations and mortality in the metropolis75
3Trends, cycles and wars79
4Seasonal fluctuations103
5The population of London: the ending of the old regime125
Pt. IIIThe standard of living and the London trades157
6The making of a wage rate161
7The challenge of sweated labour: a tale of four trades179
8The defences of the inferior artisans209
Conclusion: downstream from industrialisation231
App. 1: Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century sources on occupations and incomes241
App. 2: Occupations insured with Sun Fire Office and Royal Exchange Assurance, 1775-87250
App. 3: 1851 census: Armstrong classification255
App. 4: 1851 census: summary tables259
Bibliography265
Index281

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