This book provides a scholarly but accessible account of British regional development during the twentieth century, focusing on the emergence and development of theNorth-South divide. Beginning with regional imbalance in the Victorian and Edwardian economies, the book goes on to discuss the effects on the First World War and its aftermath, which created a discernible split between the depressed North and West, and the relatively prosperous South. Attention is also paid to the impact of government policy on regional development during the interwar years and beyond, and factors affecting industrial location in this period.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; Introduction; British regional development before the 20th century; The new regional divide 1870-1914; The First World War; Depression and decline in 'outer-Britain'; New industrial development in outer-Britain; The beautiful South; New manufacturing industry in Greater London; Industrial estates and new industrial communities; The new industrial workforce; Long-distance migrants in the new industrial workforce; Rural and coastal Britain; The genesis of British regional policy; Conclusions; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.