The Age of Entrepreneurship: Business Proprietors, Self-employment and Corporations Since 1851, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

The Age of Entrepreneurship

Business Proprietors, Self-employment and Corporations Since 1851, 1st Edition

By Robert J. Bennett, Harry Smith, Carry van Lieshout, Piero Montebruno, Gill Newton

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This landmark research volume provides the first detailed history of entrepreneurship in Britain from the nineteenth century to the present. Using a remarkable new database of more than nine million entrepreneurs, it gives new understanding to the development of Britain as the world’s ‘first industrial nation’.

Based on the first long-term whole-population analysis of British small business, it uses novel methods to identify from the 10-yearly population census the two to four million people per year who operated businesses in the period 1851–1911. Using big data analytics, it reveals how British businesses evolved over time, supplementing the census-derived data on individuals with other sources on companies and business histories. By comparing to modern data, it reveals how the late-Victorian period was a ‘golden age’ for smaller and medium-sized business, driven by family firms, the accelerating participation of women and the increasing use of incorporation as significant vehicles for development.

A unique resource and citation for future research on entrepreneurship, of crucial significance to economic development policies for small business around the world, and above all the key entry point for researchers to the database which is deposited at the UK Data Archive, this major publication will change our understanding of the scale and economic significance of small businesses in the nineteenth century.

Table of Contents

Part 1: New methods to interpret historical trends 1. Entrepreneurship over time 2. Entrepreneurship in theory and historical practice 3. New insights from historical big data Part 2: Overview of trends 4. Proprietor numbers, aggregate trends and sector change 5. Business size and organisation Part 3: Understanding entrepreneurship at the individual level 6. Explaining entrepreneurship: Correlates and decision choices 7. Demography, the household and entrepreneurship 8. Gender 9. The geography of entrepreneurship 10. Migration 11. Portfolio businesses 12. Conclusion: Re-positioning the entrepreneur in history and the present day

About the Authors

Robert J. Bennett is Professor Emeritus and Research Director in Geography at the University of Cambridge, UK. His research covers SME policy, economic development and the history of entrepreneurship, chambers of commerce, and business associations. His recent publications include Entrepreneurship, Small Business and Public Policy (2014) and papers in multiple journals, including Business History.

Harry Smith is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, UK. He is a historian with interests in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century social and economic history, entrepreneurship and the history of class and towns (especially Birmingham). He has published articles in journals, including Business History and Midland History.

Carry van Lieshout is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, UK. She is a historical geographer with interests in gender, entrepreneurship and natural resources. She has published articles in various journals, including The London Journal and Geopolitics.

Piero Montebruno is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, UK. He holds a PhD in economic geography and is a trained medical doctor with interests in entrepreneurship, surrogacy, and slums, and heavy-tailed distributions. He has published articles in journals, including Business History.

Gill Newton is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, UK. She is a data scientist whose interests include large-scale datasets and demographic behaviour, mortality and the occupational structure of nineteenth-century Britain. She has published widely in population history and its methodologies.

About the Series

Routledge International Studies in Business History

Recent years have seen an explosion of research in business history. Business history is now seen variously as a key to understanding a vital aspect of the past, a source of parallels and insights into modern business practice, and a way of understanding the evolution of modern business practice. This series is not limited to any single approach, and explores a wide range of issues and industries.

Authors wishing to submit proposals for publication consideration in the Routledge International Studies in Business History series can contact series editors Jeffrey Fear (Jeffrey.Fear@glasgow.ac.uk) and Christina Lubinski (cl.mpp@cbs.dk)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS023000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUS025000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUS048000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / New Business Enterprises
BUS060000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Small Business
BUS077000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate & Business History