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The Economics Of The Industrial Revolution

Author : Joel Mokyr
ISBN : 086598154X
Genre : Business & Economics
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Living Through The Industrial Revolution

Author : Stella Davies
ISBN : 9781136585876
Genre : Business & Economics
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First published in 1966, this revealing study looks closely into the lives of the men, women and children working in mines, workshops, factories and farms during the industrial revolution. It investigates the inventors whose new machines made the industrial revolution possible, and reflects on the new type of employer whose enterprise and energy in linking machine and labour power formed a new society. Where possible, contemporary accounts, letters, diaries and reports have been used so that the words of those living through this remarkable time can be heard - the words and thoughts of masters, workpeople, apprentice children, 'improving landlords' and farm labourers illuminate the prevailing attitudes of the period. An introductory chapter outlines previous methods of living and working and shows the first movements towards the industrial revolution. Describing successes and failures, lives of impoverishment and hardship, fortunes made and, sometimes, lost, and the effects of the new society, this enlightening study investigates how early struggles to cope with almost overwhelming problems are now seen as the beginnings of the comparatively comfortable conditions we benefit from today.

The Rise And Fall Of American Growth

Author : Robert J. Gordon
ISBN : 9781400888955
Genre : Business & Economics
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In the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, motor vehicles, air travel, and television transformed households and workplaces. But has that era of unprecedented growth come to an end? Weaving together a vivid narrative, historical anecdotes, and economic analysis, The Rise and Fall of American Growth challenges the view that economic growth will continue unabated, and demonstrates that the life-altering scale of innovations between 1870 and 1970 cannot be repeated. Robert Gordon contends that the nation's productivity growth will be further held back by the headwinds of rising inequality, stagnating education, an aging population, and the rising debt of college students and the federal government, and that we must find new solutions. A critical voice in the most pressing debates of our time, The Rise and Fall of American Growth is at once a tribute to a century of radical change and a harbinger of tougher times to come.

Economic History

Author : Bernard J. Smales
ISBN : 9781483141527
Genre : Business & Economics
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Economic History: Made Simple traces Great Britain's economic history starting from about 1760 onwards. It also assesses the impact of technological change on people's lives. The book is organized into four sections covering different periods. Section I deals with emergence of the first industrial nation from 1760-1830. Section II focuses on the 1830-1914 period, when Britain was undergoing the transition from being a primarily agricultural and commercial economy into the first modern industrial state in the world. Section III discusses the 1914-39 period, which saw the First World War, followed by a boom lasting until 1920 and afterwards a depression of considerable duration. Section IV discusses Britain's economic and social development since 1939, covering topics such as the impact of the Second World War, and the post-war social, economic, and industrial policies. This book should be useful to any students of economics who wish to explore the realities of economic life in historical perspective. It will also provide sound background reference for more elementary studies as well as being of value to readers seeking a greater understanding of the world in which they live.

The British Industrial Revolution In Global Perspective

Author : Robert C. Allen
ISBN : 0521687853
Genre : History
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Why did the industrial revolution take place in eighteenth-century Britain and not elsewhere in Europe or Asia? In this convincing new account Robert Allen argues that the British industrial revolution was a successful response to the global economy of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He shows that in Britain wages were high and capital and energy cheap in comparison to other countries in Europe and Asia. As a result, the breakthrough technologies of the industrial revolution - the steam engine, the cotton mill, and the substitution of coal for wood in metal production - were uniquely profitable to invent and use in Britain. The high wage economy of pre-industrial Britain also fostered industrial development since more people could afford schooling and apprenticeships. It was only when British engineers made these new technologies more cost-effective during the nineteenth century that the industrial revolution would spread around the world.

The Standard Of Living In Britain In The Industrial Revolution

Author : Arthur John Taylor
ISBN : UOM:39015008356522
Genre : Business & Economics
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Before The Industrial Revolution

Author : Carlo M. Cipolla
ISBN : 9781134877492
Genre : History
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First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Industrial Revolution And Economic Growth

Author : R. M. Hartwell
ISBN : 9781351696944
Genre : History
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This volume, first published in 1971, brings together eleven essays and articles on the history of the industrial revolution. Method is the central consideration, and the author discusses ways in which historians have analysed the industrial revolution, demonstrates inconsistency and bias in their interpretations, and suggests an appropriate framework of economic theory for future studies. This title will be of interest to students of history and economics.

A Farewell To Alms

Author : Gregory Clark
ISBN : 1400827817
Genre : Business & Economics
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Why are some parts of the world so rich and others so poor? Why did the Industrial Revolution--and the unprecedented economic growth that came with it--occur in eighteenth-century England, and not at some other time, or in some other place? Why didn't industrialization make the whole world rich--and why did it make large parts of the world even poorer? In A Farewell to Alms, Gregory Clark tackles these profound questions and suggests a new and provocative way in which culture--not exploitation, geography, or resources--explains the wealth, and the poverty, of nations. Countering the prevailing theory that the Industrial Revolution was sparked by the sudden development of stable political, legal, and economic institutions in seventeenth-century Europe, Clark shows that such institutions existed long before industrialization. He argues instead that these institutions gradually led to deep cultural changes by encouraging people to abandon hunter-gatherer instincts-violence, impatience, and economy of effort-and adopt economic habits-hard work, rationality, and education. The problem, Clark says, is that only societies that have long histories of settlement and security seem to develop the cultural characteristics and effective workforces that enable economic growth. For the many societies that have not enjoyed long periods of stability, industrialization has not been a blessing. Clark also dissects the notion, championed by Jared Diamond in Guns, Germs, and Steel, that natural endowments such as geography account for differences in the wealth of nations. A brilliant and sobering challenge to the idea that poor societies can be economically developed through outside intervention, A Farewell to Alms may change the way global economic history is understood.

A Short History Of The British Industrial Revolution

Author : Emma Griffin
ISBN : 9781137267276
Genre : History
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Listen to author Emma Griffin discussing the British Industrial Revolution on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time: Why was the British industrial revolution such a pivotal event in world history? This succinct introduction explains what the Industrial Revolution was, when exactly it occurred and why it happened in Britain first. Providing a clear and compelling synthesis of the latest research on industrialization, and illustrated with newspaper articles, photographs and graphs, the book is aimed at students without any prior knowledge. Griffin assesses the best known explanations for the industrial revolution, and argues that industrialization is to be understood chiefly as the switch to a new source of fuel (coal) coupled with the emergence of new technologies. Situating British industrialisation in a global context, she evaluates what benefits, if any, the world's first industrial revolution brought to the ordinary men and women whose labour made it happen.

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