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Title:
The industrial revolution, 1760-1830
Author:
Ashton, T. S. (Thomas Southcliffe)
Edition:
[1997 edition].
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
xiv, 139 pages ; 20 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1380 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780192892898
Format :
Book

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The Industrial Revolution has sometimes been regarded as a catastrophe which desecrated the English landscape and brought social opporession and appalling physical hardship to the workers. In this book, however, it is presented as an important and beneficial mark of progress. In spite ofdestructive wars and a rapid growth of population, the material living standards of most of the British people improved, and the technical innovations not only brought economic rewards but also provoked greater intellectual ingenuity. Innovation is therefore seen by Ashton not just as an economiccourse but as a social and cultural process influenced by factors such as war and peace and the framework of law and institutions. Lucidly argued and authoritative, this bookplaces the phenomenon of the Industrial Revolution in a stimulating perpsective. A new Preface by Professor Pat Hudson outlines the results of recent research precipitated by Ashton's themes: the true causes of population growth in the eighteenth century, the nature of the supply of capital, and the new approaches to labour studies amongst others. This Preface places TheIndustrial Revolution in its contemporary context, and a new thoroughly updated bibliography means that fifty years on, Ashton's work can continue to be of value to modern readers.


Author Notes

T. S. Ashton was Professor of Economic History at the University of London from 1944 to 1954, and Emeritus Professor until his death in 1968.Pat Hudson is Professor Economic and Social History at the University of Liverpool.


Table of Contents

Preface, Pat Hudson
Introduction
1 The Earlier Forms of Industry
2 The Technical Innovations
3 Capital and Labour
4 `Individualism' and `Laisser-faire'
5 The Course of Economic Change
Bibliography
Index
Map