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.
Table of Contents
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