This book, first published in 1921, is intended to serve as an introduction to the study of the historical background of modern industrial and social questions. It deals with the evolution of English industrial conditions from the close of the Napoleonic War to the outbreak of the First World War. Particular attention is paid to social consequences and growth of opinion.
1. Introduction 2. The Aftermath of War, 1815-1822 3. A Transitional Period, 1823-1841 4. Fiscal and Financial Reform, 1842-1852 5. The Completion of Free Trade, 1853-1865 6. Strains and Stresses, 1866-1892 7. Armaments and Social Reform, 1893-1914 8. War Finance, 1914-1918