Technological Revolutions in Europe : Historical Perspectives

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Contributors argue that culture, institutions, and learning either made the way for, or blocked technological and industrial transformation. Their essays include broad comparative frameworks between Europe and Asia, and Europe and America, and examine the specific experiences of Britain, France, Holland, Germany, and Scandinavia. Themes addressed include cultures of invention and the learning economy, technological inertia and path dependence, patents and product innovation, and technology, institutions, and boundaries. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858986814
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Pages: 325

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Contributors
1 Culture, Institutions and Technological Transitions 3
2 East is East and West is West 19
3 The Political Economy of Technological Change: Resistance and Innovation in Economic History 39
4 The Cultural Foundations of Early Industrialization: A Project 67
5 Science, Practice and Innovation in the Age of Natural Dyes, 1750-1860 86
6 James Watt, Heroic Invention and the Idea of the Industrial Revolution 96
7 The Curious History and Imminent Demise of the Challenge and Response Model 119
8 Product Innovation in Core Consumer Industries in Eighteenth-Century Britain 138
9 Skills, Learning and the International Diffusion of Technology: a Perspective on Scandinavian Industrialization 161
10 Kinship and the Transmission of Skills: Bar Iron Production in Britain and Sweden 1500-1860 188
11 Why Change to Steam Power? Institutional Constraints, Risk-Aversion and Path-Dependence in the Swedish Sawmill Industry, 1850-1900 207
12 An Old Production Method Mobilizes for Self-Defence 230
13 Technology, Trade and Wage Inequalities in the Late Nineteenth Century 241
14 The Birth of a Network Technology: the First French Railway System 275
15 Patent Institutions, Industrial Organization and Early Technological Change: Britain and the United States, 1790-1850 292
Index 315
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