The decline of industrial Britain, 1870-1980 /
Michael Dintenfass.
London ; New York : Routledge, 1992.
94 p. ; 23 cm.
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London ; New York : Routledge, 1992.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [75]-86) and index.
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Michael Dintenfass provides a challenging account of Britain's economic performance since 1870. He combines a succinct, clearly-written survey of recent scholarly work in British economic and business history with an original interpretive alternative to the institutionalized accounts of Britain's relative decline. Dintenfass addresses both specifically economic questions and socio-historical questions to place Britain's economic history in its broadest context.
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The Decline of Industrial Britain 1870-1980examines why the British economy has grown more slowly than the economies of the United States, Germany, Japan, Canada, France, and Italy since 1870, and why the British standard of living has fallen in relation. The first synthetic account of Britain's long-term economic performance in more than a decade, this book addresses both specifically economic questions--did the structure of the British economy undermine the nation's competitiveness? Were British firms slow to introduce the most efficient production and marketing techniques? Michael Dintenfass also looks at broader social-historical questions: has British culture been hostile to business achievements? Did British education fail British industry? Have the attitudes of workers undermined the economy's performance? Written in clear and accessible prose,The Decline of Industrial Britainprovides a concise survey of recent scholarly work on Britisheconomic and business history. Its emphasis on the central importance of entrepreneurs and managers to the long-term performance of the British economy challenges the cliometric and institutionalist interpretations that have dominated recent thinking about Britain's economic decline and directs attention to the complex sociocultural origins of the "British disease."
Table of Contents
Series editors' preface
Introductionp. 1
The historical recordp. 4
Tools and techniquesp. 12
A question of skillp. 27
The bias of capitalp. 40
Not a nation of shopkeepersp. 50
An anti-industrial society?p. 59
Conclusionp. 70
Notesp. 73
Bibliographyp. 75
Indexp. 87
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