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The Cotton and Textile Industry: Innovation and Maturity Case Studies in Industrial History

Edited By John F. Wilson, Steven Toms, Nicholas Wong Copyright 2021
    96 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This shortform book presents key peer-reviewed research on industrial history. In selecting and contextualising this volume, the editors address how the field of textile history has evolved.

    Themes covered include entrepreneurial, technological and labour history, whilst the book highlights the strategic and social consequences of innovations in the history of this key UK sector.

    Of interest to business and economic historians, this shortform book also provides analysis and illustrative case studies that will be valuable reading across the social sciences.


    John F. Wilson, Steven Toms and Nicholas D. Wong

    1 Growth, Profits and Technological Choice: The Case of the Lancashire Cotton Textile Industry

    Steven Toms

    2 Ring and Mule Spinning in the Nineteenth Century: A Technological Perspective

    Roger Holden

    3 Industrial Relations and Technical Change: Profits, Wages and Costs in the Lancashire Cotton Industry, 1880–1914

    Stephen Procter and Steven Toms


    John F. Wilson is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Law) at Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK. He was the founding editor of the Journal of Industrial History.

    Steven Toms is Professor of Accounting at the University of Leeds, UK.

    Nicholas D. Wong is Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, UK.