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The first industrialists [electronic resource] : the problem of origins /
François Crouzet.
imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1985.
description
ix, 229 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0521262429
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1985.
isbn
0521262429
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
8362939
 
Bibliography: p. 153-207.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1985-11:
Crouzet's book is concerned with the origins and occupations of industrialists, that is to say, who they were and where they came from. As such it constitutes a collective biography. The industrialists emerged as a new class in 18th-century Britain and numbered over 10,000 by 1851. These were both the owners and managers (but not one or the other) of their respective industries. To discover their origins Crouzet sampled more than 200 men to determine their fathers' occupations. He also sampled more than 300 men to find out their jobs previous to their founding of large industrial enterprises. From the research of other modern scholars, Crouzet found that most industrialists came from the middle and lower-middle classes. Neither the upper class nor the manual laboring classes made large contributions to the recruitment of industrialists; the myth of the ``self-made man'' is valid mainly because of those who rose from the lower-middle class. The book is clearly written, very well documented, and annotated. The text is distilled into several tables at the end. A useful contribution to the literature of the Industrial Revolution for upper-division undergraduates and above.-P.T. Smith, Saint Joseph's University
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This book is focused on the social and occupational origins of the founders of modem British industry: what kind of families did they come from? What was their occupation before they set up as industrialists? In discussing these and other issues, this study makes an important contribution to the problem of social mobility during the Industrial Revolution.
Main Description
The 'first industrialists' were the pioneers and leaders of the British industrial Revolution, the men who founded factories and other large establishments, which were typical of the new economic system. They had a number of precursors since the sixteenth century, but, on the whole, they were a new breed, which emerged in the late eighteenth century. They were markedly different from the leaders of traditional industry. This book is focused on the social and occupational origins of those founders of modem British industry: what kind of families did they come from? What was their occupation before they set up as industrialists? In discussing these and other issues, this study (based on Professor Crouzet's 1983 Ellen McArthur Lectures) Aiakes an important contribution to the problem of social mobility during the Industrial Revolution.
Main Description
The 'first industrialists' were the pioneers and leaders of the British Industrial Revolution, the men who founded factories and other large establishments, which were typical of the new economic system. They had a number of precursors since the sixteenth century, but, on the whole, they were a new breed, which emerged in the late eighteenth century. They were markedly different from the leaders of traditional industry. This book is focused on the social and occupational origins of those founders of modem British industry: what kind of families did they come from? What was their occupation before they set up as industrialists? In discussing these and other issues, this study (based on Professor Crouzet's 1983 Ellen McArthur Lectures) makes an important contribution to the problem of social mobility during the Industrial Revolution.
Table of Contents
Preface
The industrialist: a new man
The precursors
The myth of the self-made man
Building up a sample
Noblemen and gentlemen in industry
From rags to riches
The middle class in industry
Insiders and outsiders
The self-made man again?
Tables
Notes
Index
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