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The Industrial Revolution, 1760-1830 /
T.S. Ashton ; with a new preface and bibliography by Pat Hudson.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
description
xiv, 139 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
0192892894 (pbk.)
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
isbn
0192892894 (pbk.)
catalogue key
2676411
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [130]-135) and index.
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The Industrial Revolution has sometimes been regarded as a catastrophe which desecrated the landscape and brought social oppression. In this classic account, however, Ashton presents it as an important and beneficial mark of progress.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
The Industrial Revolution has sometimes been regarded as a catastrophe which desecrated the English landscape and brought social oppression and appalling physical hardship to the workers. In Ashton's classic account, however, it is presented as an important and beneficial mark of progress. In spite of destructive 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. Lucidly argued and authoritative, this book places the phenomenon of the Industrial Revolution in a stimulating perspective. A new preface by Pat Hudson surveys recent research in the areas focused on by Ashton and a completely updated bibliography ensures that this book will continue to be of value to modern readers for many years to come.
Table of Contents
Preface, Pat Hudson
Introduction
The Earlier Forms of Industry
The Technical Innovations
Capital and Labour
`Individualism' and `Laisser-faire'
The Course of Economic Change
Bibliography
Index
Map
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