The First Industrial Nation: The Economic History of Britain 1700–1914, 3rd Edition (Paperback) book cover

The First Industrial Nation

The Economic History of Britain 1700–1914, 3rd Edition

By Peter Mathias


528 pages

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Paperback: 9780415266727
pub: 2001-10-11
Hardback: 9781138130319
pub: 2015-10-12

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This celebrated and seminal text examines the industrial revolution, from its genesis in pre-industrial Britain, through its development and into maturity. A chapter-by-chapter analysis explores topics such as economic growth, agriculture, trade finance, labour and transport.

First published in 1969, The First Industrial Nation is widely recognised as a classic text for students of the industrial revolution.


'Remains the finest textbook of British economic history between 1700 and 1914 available to sixth-form and undergraduate students.' - Teaching History

'It should be made available to every sixth-form pupil taking an Advanced level course in the subject.' - Economics

Table of Contents

1. Prologue: The Industrial Revolution – Identity and Beginning Part 1: The Industrial Economy is Born: 1700 to the Early Nineteenth Century 2. Gregory King's England 3. The State, Rural Society and the Land 4. Economic Policy, Trade and Transport 5. Industrial Growth and Finance 6. The Human Dimension 7. Economic Fluctuations Part 2: The Evolving Industrial Economy: To 1914 8. The Century Ahead – Changing Structure of the British Economy 9. Occupational Structure and Industrial Organization in the Mid-Nineteenth Century 10. Railways 11. The Free Trade System and Capital Exports 12. Agriculture, 1815–1914 13. The Evolution of Banking and the Money Market, 1825–1914 14. The Organization of Labour and Standards of Living 15. Industrial Maturity and Deceleration 16. Epilogue: The Inter-War Years

About the Author

Peter Mathias was Master of Downing College, Cambridge until his retirement in 1996.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain