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

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ISBN 9780367024130
January 28, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
128 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


John Wilson, Steven Toms & Nicholas D. Wong

1. Growth, Profit 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

4. Capital Ownership, Capital Structure and Capital Markets: Financial Constraints and Decline in the Lancashire Cotton Textile Industry, 1880-1965

David Higgins and Steven Toms

5. Quiet Successes and Loud Failures: The UK Textile Industries in the Interwar Years

Sue Bowden and David Higgins

6. The Decline of the UK Textile Industry: The Terminal Years 1945-2003

Allan Ormerod

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John F. Wilson is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Law) at Northumbria University at Newcastle. 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.