Making of an Industrial Society: Whickham, 1560-1765

Making of an Industrial Society: Whickham, 1560-1765

by David A. Levine, Keith Wrightson
     
 

This is the first intensive study of an industrial community in early modern England. Levine and Wrightson employ the latest techniques of socio-historical research and make full use of a wide variety of contemporary sources to explore many aspects of life in Whickham between 1560 and 1765. They bring together vital strands—including industrial development,

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This is the first intensive study of an industrial community in early modern England. Levine and Wrightson employ the latest techniques of socio-historical research and make full use of a wide variety of contemporary sources to explore many aspects of life in Whickham between 1560 and 1765. They bring together vital strands—including industrial development, agrarian change, social stratification, demography, religion, work, leisure, living standards, kinship and the family—to produce a rounded and vivid picture, which throws into relief the achievements, benefits, and costs of the complex process of industrialization. The development of Whickham is set in the larger context of socio-economic change during this period.

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"A splendid contribution, pregnant with implications for local, social, economic, and entrepreneurial history....impressive on many different levels....The book reads seamlessly, the conclusions stand on a generous foundation of data, and the attention to detail never obscures major points."—History: Reviews of New Books

"Levine and Wrightson meticulously trace the industrial development of coal production and, most insightfully, the transformation of the local society that produced the coal that heated London from Elizabethan to Georgian times....A striking, fascinating picture of an industrial society's birth and maturation."—The Historian

"An outstanding book, one that may become a classic in early modern English social history."—Choice

"An execllent book that will stimulate rethinking of a major point of historical transformation."—American Historical Review

"This is a classic example of social history at its best."—Albion

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198200666
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/14/1991
Series:
Oxford Studies in Social History Series
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.81(h) x 1.38(d)

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