Progress and Poverty: An Economic and Social History of Britain 1700-1850 / Edition 1

Progress and Poverty: An Economic and Social History of Britain 1700-1850 / Edition 1

by Martin Daunton
     
 

Previous textbooks on 18th and 19th century Britain have tended to be written either from a social and political standpoint, or about economics in the abstract, as if the history could be reduced to statistical analysis. The aim of this book is to incorporate the revisionist work on British economic growth, which deals impersonally in broad national aggregates,

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Overview

Previous textbooks on 18th and 19th century Britain have tended to be written either from a social and political standpoint, or about economics in the abstract, as if the history could be reduced to statistical analysis. The aim of this book is to incorporate the revisionist work on British economic growth, which deals impersonally in broad national aggregates, with the work of social and political historians. It stresses the connections between the economy and debates over public policy, and examines the regional variations in agriculture and industry, with particular attention to the differences between England and Scotland. Much revisionist work concerns the operation of assumed national markets; the aim of the book is to show how these markets were formed, and how a national economy was created. The British economy underwent major strucrual change over the period from 1700 to 1850, as population moved from agriculture and rural life to industry and towns.

Martin Danton gives a clear and balanced picture of the continuity and change in the early development of the world's first industrial nation. His book will become prescribed reading for all students of 18th and 19th century British history, and for economists studying the industrial revolution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198222811
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
638
Product dimensions:
9.19(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.46(d)
Lexile:
1520L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

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1Introduction: The Possibilities of Growth1
2Agricultural Production: The Limits of Growth?25
3The Rise of the Great Estates and the Decline of the Yeoman61
4Open Fields and Enclosure: The Demise of Commonality92
5Diversities of Industrialization125
6The Domestic System of Manufactures148
7The Coming of the Factory173
8Furnaces, Forges, and Mines206
9Capital and Credit: Financing Industrialization236
10Integration and Specialization267
11Transport285
12Merchants and Marketing318
13Banks and Money342
14Demand, Supply, and Industrialization361
15Births, Marriages, and Deaths387
16The Standard of Living and the Social History of Wages420
17Poor Relief and Charity447
18The Visible Hand: The State and the Economy477
19Taxation and Public Finance507
20Mercantilism and Free Trade533
21Conclusion560
Chronology567
Statistical Appendix573
Index591

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