First Industrial Revolution

ISBN-10: 0521296099

ISBN-13: 9780521296090

Edition: 2nd 1979

Authors: Phyllis Deane

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An industrial revolution is the process of economic change by which a country is shifted on to a path of sustained growth in productivity and living standards. It represents the origins of modern industry in today's developed countries and it is what today's developing countries are now trying to promote or to bring to a successful conclusion. The book identifies the strategic changes in economic organisation, industrial structure and technological progress associated with the industrial revolution which took place in Britain over the century 1750-1850 and which marked a watershed in world economic development - the beginnings of modern economic growth for today's developed countries and an example of spontaneous industrialisation for today's third world countries. The book assesses both starting point and achievement, analyses the substance of economic transformation and evaluates the role of government policy and institutional change in retarding or accelerating economic development. The second edition updates and expands the first by taking into account (and giving bibliographical references for) major new knowledge and ideas appearing within the past 15 years on the industrial revolution. This work has proved a successful textbook for sixth form students as well as undergraduate students in faculties of economics, history, geography or social science generally. It is, however, sufficiently nontechnical to be intelligible to a general reader interested in putting problems of economic development into historical perspective.
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Book details

List price: $57.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1979
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/31/1980
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
The starting-point
The demographic revolution
The agricultural revolution
The commercial revolution
The transport revolution
The cotton industry
The iron industry
The sources of innovation
The role of labour
The role of capital
The role of the banks
The adoption of free trade
The role of government
Economic growth and economic cycles
Standards of living
The achievement
Subject index
Index of authors cited
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