This volume, first published in 1971, brings together eleven essays and articles on the history of the industrial revolution. Method is the central consideration, and the author discusses ways in which historians have analysed the industrial revolution, demonstrates inconsistency and bias in their interpretations, and suggests an appropriate framework of economic theory for future studies. This title will be of interest to students of history and economics.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part One: Methodology and Background; 1. Lessons from History 2. Economic Growth in England before the Industrial Revolution 3. The Great Discontinuity 4. Poverty and Crime in the Eighteenth Century 5. Interpretations of the Industrial Revolution in England; Part Two: Causes and Process; 6. The Industrial Revolution: A General Essay 7. The Causes of the Industrial Revolution: I An Essay in Methodology 8. The Causes of the Industrial Revolution: II An Essay on Process 9. The Industrial Revolution as an Example of Balanced Growth 10. The Neglected Variable: The Service Sector 11. Two Services: Education and Law 12. The Heavy Variables: Capital, Population, Technology, and Organization; Part Three: Social and Economic Consequences; 13. The Rising Standard of Living in England, 1800-1850 14. The Standard of Living: An Answer to the Pessimists 15. The Making of the English Working Class? 16. The Rise of Modern Industry: A Review 17. Children as Slaves; Index
The volumes in this set, originally published between 1967 and 1997, draw together research by leading academics in the area of the industrial revolution and provides an examination of related key issues. The volumes examine urban workers and the working class in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries, economic growth during the industrial revolution, and the causes of the industrial revolution, with a primary focus on England. This set will be of particular interest to students of history, business and economics.