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Technological Diffusion and Industrialisation Before 1914

1st Edition

By A. G. Kenwood, A. L. Lougheed


220 pages

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Published in 1982 this is an introductory study of the international spread of modern industrial technology. The book considers the preconditions necessary for a country to adopt effectively modern industrial technology in the nineteenth century and the mechanisms by which this technology spread from one country to another. A global view is adopted and thus the book supplements others which are concerned with the industrial developmet of individual countries during the same period. It will be invaluable to anyone seeking an understanding of the early history of capitalism.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Process of Industrialisation and the Diffusion of Technology

1. Technological Diffusion and Nineteenth-Century Industrialisation

2. The Spread of Industrialisation Before 1914

Part 2: The Spread of Modern Industrial Technology: Preconditions

3. The Spread of Modern Agricultural Techniques Before 1914

4. The Size of the Market

5. Saving and the Rate of Capital Accumulation

6. The Financial Environment

7. Industrialisation and Labour Supply

8. Resource Endowment and Industrialisation

9. The Technical Factor in Industrialisation

10. Industrialisation and Entrepreneurship

Part 3: The Spread of Modern Industrial Technology: Mechanisms

11. The International Economy and the Diffusion of Modern Industrial Technology

12. The Competitive Market Economy

13. Investment Banks and Industrialisation in the Nineteenth Century

14. Industrialisation and the State

15. Industrialisation After 1914

About the Authors

A. G. Kenwood

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Economics and Business of Technology

Originally published between 1967 and 1999 the 50 volumes in this set examine the impact of technology on economics and international business. The volumes:

  • Present a synthesis of business functions and economic analysis and ask what the implications for skills development are and the effect of public policy
  • Report on global companies' experience with computers in company training in such areas as banking, finance, insurance, manufacturing, IT, the retail industry, transport, telecommunications and energy.
  • Look at the way in which some businesses in high technology manufacturing industry have organised their structures and processes in order to manage product innovation effectively.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory