The Genesis of Industrial Capital: A Study of West Riding Wool Textile Industry, c.1750-1850 available in Paperback
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This book analyses the sources of finance used in the Yorkshire wool textile sector during a period of rapid expansion, considerable technical change and the gradual transformation from domestic and workshop production to factory industry. Although there has been much recent debate about capital investment proportions and their sources nationally, there is no other study of a region or section capable of testing various hypotheses current in the general literature of the British 'industrial revolution'. How was capital amassed in proto-industry? How important were merchants in building factories? What role did landowners and the local banking sector? What influence did trade credit and fluctuations in trade credit have on the expansion of productive enterprise? How important was reinvestment and what determined both profitability and the extent to which it was ploughed back into business? The answers to these questions have value for all students of the industrialisation process, whilst the detailed material on Yorkshire is of interest for local study and provides a model of the questions which could be asked in other similar regional studies of the future.
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Table of ContentsList of plates; List of diagrams, graphs and maps; List of tables; Foreword François Crouzet; Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Introduction: 1. The study of capital accumulation; 2. An industry in transition: the West Riding wool textile sector, 1750-1850; Part II. The Primary Accumulation of Capital: 3. Proto-industrialisation; 4. Land and industry; Part III. The Web of Credit: 5. Wool purchase; 6. Materials, plant, services and labour; 7. The trade in woollen and worsted products; 8. Trade credit and growth; Part IV. External and Internal Finance: 9. Attorneys, banks and industry; 10. Ploughed-back profits; Part V. Summary and Conclusion: 11. The genesis of industrial capital; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Primary sources; Major secondary sources; Name and place index; Subject index.