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Before the Luddites : Custom, Community and Machinery in the English Woollen Industry, 1776-1809 - Adrian Randall

Before the Luddites

Custom, Community and Machinery in the English Woollen Industry, 1776-1809

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Published: 29th March 1991
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Before the Luddites is a study of the early Industrial Revolution in the English woollen cloth-making industry in the West of England and Yorkshire which concentrates upon the social background of and response to change. It is particularly concerned to explain the reasons for and the effect of Luddism. This book argues that resistance to machinery had a long history before the Luddite disturbances of 1811-12 and that this response to change sprang from a community culture which was deep-rooted and hostile to the values of economic individualism embodied by the new economy and to laissez-faire.

List of illustrations
List of tables
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Industrial organisation and culture
Machinery, the factory and labour displacement
The advent of machinery and community resistance
The cloth dressers, trade unionism and machinery
Industrial violence and machine breaking - the Wiltshire Outrages
Custom and law: the weavers' campaign
The political economy of machine breaking
machinery, custom and class
Conclusion
Bibliography
Name and place index
Subject index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521390422
ISBN-10: 0521390427
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 29th March 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 15.9  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.67