This title, first published in 1984, focuses primarily on the early Industrial Revolution (c. 1780-1820) in the Stockport district. As the Industrial Revolution in England was the first instance of successful industrialisation, it can still provide many social and economic lessons and also furnish essential evidence for continuing debate over ideology and theory. Therefore, this title will be of interest to students of both history and economics.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Debate over the ‘Working Class’ 2. People and Industry 3. Local Governance 4. Cotton Workers 5. The Skilled and the Unskilled 6. The Rise of Jacobinism 7. The Handloom Weavers 8. The Year of the Luddites 9. Weavers, Radicals and the March of the Blanketeers 10. The Peterloo Era 11. The Fragmentation of Workers’ Movements 12. Conclusion; Notes; Select Bibliographies of Primary Sources; Index