This is a comprehensive account of a decisive epoch in England's economic development by a leading economic historian.
'Works of economic history often get bogged dwon in figures - so many machines, so much unemployment, often, too, they are histories of technology, not of economic organization. Professor Ashworth goes to the opposite extreme in a most praiseworthy way: his book is actually good to read. Though there are tables of statistics (eleven of them), the book is an essay in interpretation, not an encyclopedia; it enriches our understanding rather than adding to our knowledge.' A.J.P. Taylor.
This classic book was first published in 1960.
Part one: 1870-1914
1. The Characteristics of the Mid-Victorian Economy
2. The Environment of Economic Change
4. Mining, Manufacture and Building
5. Internal Transport and Trade
6. External Trade
7. Money, Banking and Trade
9. The Economic Influence of Government
10. The Course and Outcome of Economic Change
Part Two: The First World War
11. War Economy
12. The Economic Consequences of War
Part Three: 1919-1939
13. The Opportunities and Difficulties of the Interwar World
14. The Chief Economic Activities
15. Economic Organization
16. Public Policy and its Effects
17. The Course and Outcome of Economic Change