The Transformation of England (Routledge Revivals): Essays in the economic and social history of England in the eighteenth century, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

The Transformation of England (Routledge Revivals)

Essays in the economic and social history of England in the eighteenth century, 1st Edition

By Peter Mathias


324 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9780415504591
pub: 2013-01-31
SAVE ~$10.59
Hardback: 9780415699952
pub: 2011-12-08
SAVE ~$39.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9780203127728
pub: 2013-04-03
from $26.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


First published in 1979, The Transformation of England discusses the creation in late eighteenth century England of the industrial system and thereby the present world. Professor Mathias poses questions about the nature of industrialization, social change and historical explanation, issues that are his principal scholarly concern.

This series of essays is divided into two groups. The first group of essays focuses upon general themes such as the 'uniqueness' in Europe of the industrial revolution, capital formation, taxation, the growth of skills, science and technical change, leisure and wages, and diagnoses of poverty. In the second section, Professor Mathias focuses on the social structure in the eighteenth century, considering the industrialization of brewing, coinage, agriculture and the drink industries, advances in public health and the armed forces, British and American public finance in the War of Independence, Dr Johnson and the business world.


'It is a marked feature of Professor Mathias' contributions to economic history that even when he is operating on a narrow front, he is able to tease out its more general implications.' - The Economist

'This is a collection which all students of the eighteenth century and admirers of the historian's craft will relish.' - Economic Journal

Table of Contents

Part 1: Themes 1. British industrialization: unique or not? 2. Skills and the diffusion of innovations from Britain in the eighteenth century 3. Who unbound Prometheus? Science and technical change, 1600-1800 4. Science and technology during the Industrial Revolution: some general problems 5. Capital, credit and enterprise in the Industrial Revolution 6. Taxation and industrialization in Britain, 1700-1870 7. Adam’s burden: historical diagnoses of poverty 8. Leisure and wages in theory and practice Part 2: Topics 9. The social structure in the eighteenth century: a calculation by Joseph Massie 10. The people’s money in the eighteenth century: the Royal Mint, trade tokens and the economy

About the Series

Routledge Revivals

Are there elusive titles that you need and have been trying to source for years but thought that you would never be able to find?

Well this may be the end of your quest – here is a fantastic opportunity for you to discover past brilliance and purchase previously out of print and unavailable titles by some of the world’s most eminent academic scholars.

Drawing from over 100 years of innovative, cutting-edge publishing, Routledge Revivals is an exciting programme whereby key titles from the distinguished and extensive backlist of the many acclaimed imprints associated with Routledge will be re-issued.

The programme draws upon the illustrious backlists of Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner, Routledge & Kegan Paul, Methuen, Allen & Unwin and Routledge itself.

Routledge Revivals spans the whole of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and includes works by some of the world’s greatest thinkers including Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Simone Weil, Martin Buber, Karl Jaspers and Max Beloff.

If you are interested in Revivals in the Behavioral Sciences, please visit

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century