Originally published in 1977, this book investigates the controversial question as to whether England has seen two industrial revolutions, whether economic changes in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in England deserve to be distinguished as a period in which an economic ‘revolution’ nearly took place, but eventually aborted. The book considers the changes that took place in the most important industries in the period and estimates the significance of these changes for the overall structure of the English economy. It also assesses the attitudes of the various historians involved in the debate and the nature of the evidence on which their arguments have been based. The combination of critical assessment in the introduction and the evidence of the 34 original documents will guarantee a wide readership of the book among students and teachers of economic history.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction 1. The Problem of Growth in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century English Society: The Overall Economic Matrix 2. A re-examination of development and change in 16th and 17th century English industries 3. The Marketing Structure 4. Conclusion Part 2: Selected Documents 1. Diversity of Weights and Measures 2. Typical Accounts of Wood Sales 3. Legal Depositions Arising from a Disputed Right of Way 4. Side-Effects of Iron Working 5. Licensing a Collection for Hastings, 1578 6. Grain in Garners in the Hundred of Toltinghoe, Kent, 1587 7. Commission for the Stay of Dearth of Grain in Aylesford, Kent, 1595 8. Accounts for the Coal Mines in Beaudesert Park, 1622-3 9. Technology in Copper Mines: A Report, 1602 10. A Letter from Sylvester Smith to John Bentley Concerning Sir Francis Willoughby’s Iron Works, 1592 11. Richard Martin’s Opinions about Iron Words, c.1580s 12. Accounting Practices 13. Agreement Concerning a Copperas Factory, 1600 14. The Manufacture of Alum 15. The Inland Salt Production 16. Salt Works near Tynemouth, 1634 17. Observations for Glass 18. The Fitting-out of a Fishing Boat Carrying 40 Men 19. Tobias Gentleman on North Sea Fishing 20. The Boats at Milton, Kent, 1580 21. Protest of Trinity House Against the Building of the Sovereign, 1634 22. The Valuation of a Ship, 1579 23. Inventory of Peter Courtopp, 12 November 1567 24. Quality Control of Cloth, 1594 25. The Tanner’s Costs 26. Agreement with a Carpenter for Building Part of a House, 1614 27. Repairs to a Watermill at Bromley Pagets, 1552 28. Repairs to a Watermill at Bromley Pagets, 1552 29. Trinity House to the Privy Council about the Salt Trade, 1635 30. Problems of the Staplers in the 1540s 31. Thomas Mun on Foreign Exchange 32. Proposal for the Establishment of a Monte, 1580 33. A Market at Bromley Paget, 1553 34. Newcastle in 1634.
Dr. Jack was Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Sydney, Australia.